This was a major operation for the Hamburg police. 400 forces, including special operations teams, were quickly assembled on Wednesday morning. after a sudden alarm went off at a district school in Hamburg’s affluent Blankennese district. Not much was known at this point. There was talk that two armed criminals had threatened to kill a teacher at gunpoint.
After the alarm was raised, the school responded in accordance with its school shooting emergency plan. Later, teachers locked themselves in classrooms along with their students. The situation became dire, first the special police force reached the Comprehensive School and searched floor by floor. In the afternoon it became clear that the armed criminals had fled. A large-scale search was initially unsuccessful.
What transpired later: At practically the same time, a similar scenario was occurring at another school, just six kilometers away from Blankenese. There too, two armed men entered the building and threatened students and teachers.
Students from both schools were evacuated and taken to nearby Bundeswehr barracks. Many frightened parents also gathered there and happily hugged their children when it became clear that the alarm had sounded faintly.
In the evening it became known: the police had arrested four students between the ages of 12 and 14, whose nationality they did not provide. The quartet probably planned two attacks on schools simultaneously. Two at a time, they put their plan into action and break into buildings with black toy guns.
Two boys, aged 12 and 13, are believed to be responsible for the threat in Blankenese, which made news throughout Europe. The background of the crimes is still unclear; The young people are in police custody.