After the attack in a Duisburg gym with four serious injuries, the police are still looking for at least one suspect. "The search is ongoing," said a spokeswoman for the responsible police in Essen on Wednesday night. The investigation into the background continued. In the attack in the gym in the center of the Ruhr area city yesterday, three people were life-threatening and one person was seriously injured.
The police were looking for at least one fugitive suspect, the emergency services said. "We are currently unable to publish a serious description of the perpetrator. Some witnesses are still being interviewed," the police wrote on Twitter on Tuesday evening.
A "stabbing or cutting weapon" was used. The injured were taken to a hospital. They are German citizens. The first emergency calls were received by the Duisburg police around 5:40 p.m. Investigators searched the gym and secured it, police said on Tuesday.
In the evening, witnesses who had been training on site at the time of the crime were questioned. The State Criminal Police Office set up a contact point for witnesses in the adjacent pedestrian zone. A police helicopter was also in use, police officers were looking for traces on all floors of the affected studio.
Message from the gym
"We very much regret the incident in our club in Duisburg and hope that the victims will recover quickly," said John Reed Fitness in an email at the request of the German Press Agency. They support the police investigations in all possible places. "The safety and health of our members and our employees are our top priority. Our goal is for them to feel safe and in good hands in our studios." The operator did not provide any further information about the incident.
According to a dpa reporter, heavily armed special police forces were on site. Eyewitnesses were questioned by the police in a nearby restaurant, he reported. One still had his sports bag with him.