Great concern in Karlsruhe: A hostage-taking in a pharmacy kept the city in suspense for hours. The police are deployed with a large contingent and special forces, and are still pulling together more and more emergency services on Friday evening, as the German Press Agency learned from police circles. Around 4.30 p.m. the first emergency calls came in. One or more perpetrators take several hostages in a pharmacy in the middle of the city.
“Fortunately, no hostages were physically injured,” said police spokesman Dennis Krull – about four hours after the crime began. He asked for your understanding that, for tactical reasons, no information could be given about the “number of possible perpetrators or the perpetrator or about possible demands and ransom demands”.
Residents find shelter in the school
You have contact “into the pharmacy,” said the spokesman on site. According to the current status, there is no danger to the population. Nevertheless, the police called on people to avoid the area of operation and to follow the instructions of the emergency services. A school for accommodation was opened for residents. The police said that anyone who could not go home at the moment because of the blocking measures had the opportunity to go to the Nebeniusschule.
The crime scene is in the middle of downtown Karlsruhe on one of the main streets. The forces cordoned off the area over a wide area. Numerous police and emergency services vehicles were seen on the street.
Event with dog trainer Rütte cancelled
The Karlsruhe trade fair canceled two evening events at short notice due to the situation. An event with dog trainer Martin Rütter and a master concert are affected, said a spokeswoman for the fair on Friday on request.
She assumes that the event in the Black Forest Hall is sold out, which holds several thousand people. The concert was to take place in the nearby concert hall. The spokeswoman assumed that around 1,000 tickets would be sold. There is currently no way for visitors to get through anyway: both venues are part of the festival site, which is close to the site that the police have cordoned off over a large area.
The prominent dog trainer Rütter called on his fans not to come to an event near the site that he had planned for the evening but had to cancel. “The event has just been canceled because an armed hostage-taking is taking place in a pharmacy 100 meters away,” said Rütter in a video published on his Instagram channel. “Please don’t come to the hall, it’s cordoned off over a large area here, and please don’t come close either.”
It was not until January that there was an incident in the pharmacy: a masked robber got into the personnel area, threatened an employee with a saw-like tool and fled with a liter of methadone. A few days later, a suspect in this case was identified and arrested.