According to reports, a 29-year-old man shot an innocent passer-by at the Peiner train station with a crossbow. As local police announced on Saturday, the 22-year-old victim was injured in the incident and taken to a hospital for treatment. Luckily, the injuries are not life-threatening. Police officers arrested the suspected attacker at the scene.
According to previous information, the suspect suffers from previous mental illnesses. According to police, his clothing and general appearance could also point to a right-wing motive.
Daniela Behrens, Interior Minister of Lower Saxony (SPD), commented on the incident in an official statement. She emphasized that serious indications of a xenophobic background to the crime would be investigated. "Now it's time to investigate in all directions and to clarify the background of this cowardly act."
The minister praised the quick and decisive intervention of the emergency services, which could have prevented further victims. Thanks to the prompt reaction of the police at the crime scene, the perpetrator was overwhelmed just a few minutes after the first emergency call.
Police received the first emergency calls just before 1:00 p.m. As a result, the police and the federal police responsible for stations joined forces. "We were able to react quickly," said a police spokesman. A large knife was also found on the suspect. Rail traffic had to be temporarily suspended.
The alleged perpetrator is a 29-year-old man from the Peine district. In view of the abundance of videos circulating on the Internet, the police have set up an information portal.