Patient shoots doctor dead in Berlin clinic before killing self

A patient shot dead a doctor at a university clinic in Berlin before killing himself, German police said.

Authorities in Berlin said the attack showed “no signs at all” of a link with Islamic militancy.

Police said the doctor sustained life-threatening injuries in the attack at the Benjamin Franklin campus of the Charite university hospital in the southwest of the city, and died shortly afterwards.

Authorities said the situation at the hospital in Berlin’s Steglitz district was now “under control”, and investigators were on the scene to uncover the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Winfrid Wenzel, a spokesman for Berlin police, said the crime took place in the jaw surgery area of an outpatient clinic where the doctor was in a treatment session with the patient.

“In the course of the consultation, the patient pulled out a gun and fired several shots at the doctor,” Mr Wenzel said.

“The attacker then directly turned the gun on himself and died as a result of the shots.”

The spokesman said police did not yet have information on the suspect’s background or motivation, but added: “We do not have a single indication that this crime was motivated by extremism or Islamists.”

Germany is currently on edge following a spate of violent attacks since July 18. Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for two of the attacks.


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By Sydney Chesterfield on July 27, 2016 · Posted in Reports, Trends

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