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Sunday league footballer shot in Berlin

The Local · 17 Sep 2012, 09:47

Published: 17 Sep 2012 09:47 GMT+02:00

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Both games taking place on the shared pitch continued after the initial shot as no-one realised what was happening - until one of the players collapsed with a bullet wound in his thigh.

"We heard a bang, and then there was a 30-second pause," one eye-witness told the B.Z. newspaper. "Then there was another bang. We thought it was fireworks. But then people began shouting, 'Someone's lying there, someone's lying there.' "

Some also shouted "Someone's shooting! Get off the pitch!" The amateur athletes and spectators, some 50 people in all, then fled the pitch, seeking shelter behind nearby hedges and trees.

Some players stopped to help their injured team-mate from the pitch, while others called emergency services. Police officers sealed the area as the wounded man, a 33-year-old from Ecuador apparently standing in for another player, was taken to hospital.

The bullet appears to have passed straight through the man's leg, as some witnesses described seeing two holes "the size of two-euro coins."

Police have started an investigation, though there are no clues as to the identity of the shooter or his or her motives.

Players said the shots came from a building behind a fence and a hedgerow adjoining the pitch, but no one actually saw the perpetrator. The building and neighbouring Mauerpark were searched.

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11:18 September 17, 2012 by lucksi
So for the first time in the history of ever, a soccer player had a reason for his theatrics
13:36 September 17, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
I fear this may not be a coincidence that the man shot was darker skinned and obviously foreign. Most of the people playing or watching those games near MauerPark are white German.

Far right extremist or such is a distinct possibility in light of the recent unrest over the anti-muslim movie, Hope I am wrong and it was just a random shot from a nutcase and the police get him or her soon.
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