At least seven people have been injured in a shooting in the German capital, Berlin. The unidentified assailants fled the scene after the shooting and Berlin police are searching for them in the area.
According to Berlin police, unidentified gunmen opened fire in the western city of Kreuzberg on Saturday morning, December 26. At least seven people were injured and taken to hospital.
Police confirmed four people were injured after an initial investigation, but firefighters said three more were injured. Three of the injured were found near a nearby road, while a fourth was pulled out of a canal in the area. This person apparently has a leg injury. Police cordoned off the area.
Police said the unidentified assailants managed to flee the scene immediately after the shooting. Armed police have been deployed to search for the attackers following a blockade in the area.
A police helicopter was reportedly seen patrolling the Kreuzberg area, and police also searched the area around the nearby Möckernbrücke subway station.
A photographer for DPA said the shooting took place in a gateway on Stresemannstrasse, close to the offices of the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD).
Berlin police have not yet commented on who was involved in the violence or who fired the shots. A Berlin police spokeswoman said there was no indication of a political motive behind the incident, but the situation remained unclear.
Significantly, clashes between different criminal groups in Berlin often result in violent incidents. A ground floor flat and a car were also attacked by about 10 people after a 29-year-old man was shot dead in Kreuzberg recently.