A man shot a woman at a school in Bremerhaven, north-west Germany, on Thursday. The high school employee was taken to the hospital, according to a police spokeswoman in the port city. It is unclear whether life is in danger.
The police are not providing any further information about the injured person. The perpetrator was arrested after the crime. The spokeswoman said nothing was known about the motive.
Students barricaded themselves
At the time of the crime, around 200 students were in the building – high school exams were on the program. It is not yet clear how many teachers and other school staff were present.
According to initial police findings, the armed perpetrator broke into the school at around 9:15 a.m. and shot. Police did not say what weapon he used. A school emergency plan was triggered, the students and teachers locked themselves in the classrooms. They spent several hours in the rooms.
situation under control
Emergency services searched the building to ensure there was no further danger. “The police have the situation on site under control,” it said in a statement.
After the crime, the school grounds were largely cordoned off with warning tape. In addition to forces from the police, fire brigade and rescue service, pastors and psychologists were also on site.
Bremerhaven is located on the German North Sea coast and has around 114,000 inhabitants. (SDA/noo)