German hospital staffer allegedly killed four patients, seriously injured another

 German hospital staffer allegedly killed four patients, seriously injured another

An employee at a German hospital went on a stabbing rampage at work, murdering four patients and seriously injuring another, reports said.

The woman, 51, was detained after the victims were discovered around 9 p.m. Wednesday in several rooms at the Oberlin Clinic, a specialist orthopedic center in Potsdam near Berlin, police said.

Some of the victims at the Oberlin care clinic in Potsdam, Germany were disabled.
Some of the victims at the Oberlin Clinic in Potsdam, Germany were disabled.
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The five victims were patients, some of whom had severe disabilities and required respiratory support, German newspaper Tagesspiegel reported.

Police investigate outside of Oberlin Clinic in Potsdam, Germany on April 29, 2021.
Police investigate outside of Oberlin Clinic in Potsdam, Germany on April 29, 2021.
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“The victims showed signs of significant external violence,” police spokesman Thorsten Herbst said.

People place flowers near the Oberlin care clinic for the victims of the attack.
People place flowers near the Oberlin Clinic for the victims of the attacks.
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Herbst said the detained staffer was “urgently suspected” of the killings.

Police have not released information about her identity or a motive.

Paramedics leave the grounds of the Oberlin clinic following the stabbing of five patients.
Paramedics leave the grounds of the Oberlin Clinic following the stabbing of five patients.
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But law enforcement sources said the suspect had told her husband upon arriving home that she had killed people that day and he contacted police, Tagesspiegel reported.

A police spokesperson says the suspected staffer is in custody, but a motive is currently unknown.
A police spokesperson says the suspected staffer is in custody, but a motive is currently unknown.
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The Oberlin Clinic released a statement on its website in the wake of the killings, according to German outlet Deutsche Welle.

Sources say that the suspected murderer told her husband that she killed people at work.
Sources say that the suspected murderer told her husband that she killed people at work.
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“All our concern and sympathy goes to the relatives of those concerned,” the center said.

With Post wires