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Berlin gunman kills one, leaves two injured

The Local · 5 Apr 2012, 14:57

Published: 05 Apr 2012 14:45 GMT+02:00
Updated: 05 Apr 2012 14:57 GMT+02:00

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The attacker, who remains on the run, approached the group of five people at around 1 am near a hospital in the southern Neukölln area of the city and shot three of them from close range. The other two escaped unharmed.

The 22-year-old died in hospital shortly after the attack - it is thought from a head wound. The other two underwent emergency operations but by Thursday afternoon were in a stable condition, police said in a statement.

Police said the injured men were of Russian and Arabic origin and aged 16 and 17 respectively. The victim who died was of Turkish heritage.

A witness living on Rudowerstrasse where the shooting took place, told the Tagesspiegel daily newspaper that she was woken up by noise outside, and looked out of the window and she saw three people lying on the ground.

“I didn’t think much of it at first, because that kind of thing is normal here,” she told the Berlin paper. It was when members of the group started screaming that she realised something serious had happened.

The weapon is still missing and the attacker’s motive remains a mystery.

“We can’t say anything at all about the background to the attack yet,” a police statement said.

“An investigation is being conducted with great urgency."

Media reports suggest that in the light of a string of racially-based murders by neo-Nazis having been uncovered last year, police are not ruling any options out in the investigation.

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The gunman is thought to be around 1.80 metres tall and was wearing a dark hooded top at the time of the attack.

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Your comments about this article

15:19 April 5, 2012 by M.A.S
Oh it was in Neukölln, for a second there I thought I was reading an article about the bad parts of Los Angeles or New York.
15:57 April 5, 2012 by catjones
Unless the crime is committed in the police station or donut shop, the cops can't catch the perps....add to that, if the cop car is set afire while they're still in it.
18:18 April 5, 2012 by McNair Kaserne
Neukölln is the area it takes place in and the victims are Russian/Arabic/Turkish.

Somehow I am not surprised.
18:26 April 5, 2012 by finanzdoktor
Is the witness implying that if the victims had not started screaming, she would have just ignored it?
20:50 April 5, 2012 by johnny108
Possibly a right-wing backlash against what happened in France?
21:36 April 5, 2012 by DinhoPilot
No one is safe. Even Germany who has one of the best safety records in europe is turning bad. Extremism is raising, poverty, gag culture, freaking pedopholifes and killers lurking everywhere. This last weeks we had already several cases of murder, pedo, etc.... Freaking comet never arrives..
05:46 April 6, 2012 by volvoman9
@ M.A.S. Actually you could have been reading about anytown USA and any neighborhood. The Yanks are truly obsessed with the culture of the gun but their Hollywood media has exported this to the rest of the world and so you see it can happen anywhere now. The gun makes all of us equally sad hero's.
13:04 April 6, 2012 by raandy
volvoman9 Now it is Hollywoods fault?
20:29 April 7, 2012 by Prufrock2010
Everything is Hollywood's fault.
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