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Man threatens young people with gun over their music

A man riding a train between Düsseldorf and Dortmund was apparently so bothered by some youths' music and singing, that he pulled out a firearm.

Man threatens young people with gun over their music
Photo: Federal police (Bundespolizei).

A 28-year-old man from Oberhausen, North Rhine-Westphalia was riding a Eurobahn train between Düsseldorf and Dortmund on Sunday night at about 10pm.

A group of young people between the ages of 18 and 24 were also riding the train and started playing music and singing.

But the visibly drunken 28-year-old apparently did not take a liking to their mobile karaoke show.

“Apparently because he was perturbed by the group of young men and women listening to their music and singing, the 28-year-old man staggered towards the group,” federal police wrote in a report on Monday.

Witnesses told police that the man pulled a pistol out of his waistband and loaded the gun. He then sat down again, but when the train neared a station, he jumped up and threatened the group of youths directly with his weapon drawn.

“You always meet twice in a lifetime, next time I’ll blow you all away,” he then reportedly shouted.

At some point train passengers alerted police to what was happening and when the train stopped at Dortmund central station, officers were able to board, finding the man still standing with his weapon drawn.

The man denied multiple requests by officers to drop his weapon, so police overpowered and arrested him.

They then discovered that the weapon was actually not a “real gun”, but a loaded airsoft handgun, for which it’s required to have a permit to purchase.

The man was already known to police for other violent incidents, and they are now investigating him for making threats and causing dangerous bodily harm.

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One injured in school shooting in Bremerhaven

A 21-year-old gunman opened fire at a secondary school in northern Germany on Thursday, badly injuring a female member of staff before being arrested, police said.

One injured in school shooting in Bremerhaven

The incident happened at the Lloyd Gymnasium school in the centre of Bremerhaven, a city on Germany’s North Sea coast, on Thursday morning. 

“The armed person has been arrested and is in police custody,” police said in a statement. The injured woman was not a pupil, police said.

They said the suspect had entered the school building and fired at a female member of staff, who was “seriously injured”.

The alarm was quickly raised and police said they detained the suspect at a nearby location soon after and had seized his weapon at the scene.

The injured woman is being treated in hospital.

A video circulating on social media and German news sites appeared to capture the moment the gunman was arrested.

A man dressed in black is seen lying face down on a street corner, with a weapon next to him, before being handcuffed by officers.

But there was no immediate confirmation of reports the alleged weapon was a crossbow.

Bremerhaven police tweeted in the morning that a large deployment was under way in the city centre and asked residents to avoid the Mayor-Martin-Donandt square and surrounding streets, in the vicinity of the Lloyd secondary school.

Local news site Nord24 said a school pupil had heard shots being fired and called the police. Pupils barricaded themselves in their classrooms.

Police launched a large-scale operation and cordoned off the area around the school while they carried out inquiries. 

By mid-afternoon, police said special forces had completed their search and the last people had left the building.

Authorities set up a phone hotline for concerned parents. Many parents had gathered in front of the school after being alerted by their children.

Pupils and staff are receiving psychological counselling.

Local media said only around 200 people were on the school grounds, fewer than normal because of exam times.

In a separate incident on Thursday, police in the eastern city of Leipzig said they had detained a 21-year-old student still at secondary school after being tipped off by Snapchat that he had posted pictures of himself with a gun and made unspecified threats.

The US social media platform alerted German authorities, prompting Leipzig police to take action.

 A police spokesman said that the 21-year-old did not pose a real threat, however, and only possessed an airsoft gun, a replica firearm that uses non-lethal, usually plastic, pellets.

‘Strict gun laws’

School shootings are relatively rare in Germany, a country with some of the strictest gun laws in Europe. But a recent spate has rattled the population.

Last week, investigators in Germany’s city of Essen said they foiled a school bomb assault, as they arrested a 16-year-old who is suspected to have been planning a “Nazi terror attack”.

Police in Essen stormed the teen’s room overnight, taking him into custody and uncovering 16 “pipe bombs”, as well as anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim material.

In January, an 18-year-old student opened fire in a lecture hall at Heidelberg University in southwestern Germany, killing a young woman and
injuring three others before fleeing the scene and turning the weapon on himself.

In 2009, a former pupil killed nine students, three teachers and three passers-by in a school shooting at Winnenden, in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. The gunman then killed himself.

In 2002, a 19-year-old former student, apparently in revenge for having been expelled, shot dead 16 people including 12 teachers and two students at a school in the central German city of Erfurt. He too then killed himself.

The Winnenden and Erfurt massacres were carried out with legal weapons and spurred Germany to tighten gun laws.

The country currently requires anyone under 25 to pass a psychiatric exam before applying for a gun licence.

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