It was still pitch dark when shots rang out early in the morning on Boxing Day in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

Four men were seriously injured, as the Berlin police and the public prosecutor announced on Saturday.

According to the current state of knowledge, residents alerted the police, who had heard the shots in Stresemannstrasse in the immediate vicinity of the SPD party headquarters shortly before four o'clock.

The emergency services found three injured at the alleged crime scene.

A fourth injured man jumped into the nearby Landwehr Canal, from which rescue workers pulled him.

Around the Möckernbrücke underground station, which is located directly on the Landwehr Canal, the police searched the undergrowth on the bank with flashlights.

The injured men, aged 30 twice, 39 and 42 years each, came according to the information for treatment in hospitals, where they were hospitalized.

The 1st homicide commission has started the further investigation.

The public prosecutor's office issued arrest warrants for two men on Sunday.

These were against a 30-year-old for attempted murder in three cases and against a 39-year-old for illegally carrying and possessing a firearm, as the public prosecutor in Berlin announced on Sunday evening on Twitter.

Both suspects are currently in hospital due to their gunshot wounds.

Heavily armed police officers found the seriously injured at the scene

Source: dpa / Paul Zinken


On Saturday, the Berlin Public Prosecutor's Office specified on Twitter that it was a "shooting in the organized crime milieu".

Together with the police they are investigating several suspects for attempted murder.

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Bullet hole opposite the SPD party headquarters

At Stresemannstrasse 23 across from the SPD party headquarters there was a bullet hole in a door, as the dpa photographer reported, not far from another bullet hole in a glass door.

The footpath in front of the alleged crime scene was cordoned off.

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Police officers armed with submachine guns leave the property on Stresemannstrasse in Kreuzberg

Source: dpa / Paul Zinken

In Berlin there are always disputes between individual groups or families.

Most recently, after a 29-year-old was shot in Kreuzberg, around ten men attacked a ground floor apartment and a car.

Fire brigade emergency vehicles are on Stresemannstrasse in Kreuzberg

Source: dpa / Paul Zinken

In February, a shooting at the Berlin Tempodrom in Möckernstrasse, not far from the current crime scene, caused a sensation with one dead and four injured.

The police were on duty with a large contingent, including homicide.

An arrest warrant for manslaughter was issued against a 48-year-old man who is said to have shot a 42-year-old and was seriously injured in the confrontation.