The son of a former German president has been murdered on stage while delivering a medical lecture in
Berlin, police have said.
Fritz von Weizsaecker was stabbed to death at a Charlottenburg
hospital where he worked as a senior physician after the attacker jumped up from the audience.
An off-duty police officer who tried to intervene was seriously injured, Berlin Police said.
Mr von Weizsaecker died from injuries at the scene of the Schlosspark hospital attack.
The suspect was apprehended by several people and has been arrested, police said.
A berliner holds up a hammer and a chisel early on 15 November 1989 in front of the wall at the Brandebourg Gate
East and West German Police contain the crowd of East Berliners flowing through the recent opening made in the Berlin wall at Potsdamer Square
An East German border policemen, right, refuse to shake hands with a Berliner who stretches out his hand over the border fence at the eastern site nearby Checkpoint Charlie border crossing point
East German citizens climb the Berlin wall at the Brandenburg Gate as they celebrate the opening of the East German border
A little girl chisels away at the Berlin Wall from the east side on New Year's Eve, 31 December 1989
Woman holds up pieces of the Berlin Wall she found when the latest passage was opened at Wollankstrasse in West Berlin's district of Wedding
West Berliners crowd in front of the Berlin Wall early 11 November 1989 as they watch East German border guards demolishing a section of the wall in order to open a new crossing point between East and West Berlin
A West Berliner welcomes a East Berliner as she pours Champagne onto his car at Wollangstrasse where a new crossing point into the West has opened
A construction worker builds part of the wall. At the time it was put up, many people were afraid that the wall would serve as a provocation and turn to the Cold War into a hot one
West Berlin children play at 'constructing the Berlin wall' with make believe arms and imitating East and West Berlin wall security guards. Meanwhile, further construction was happening on the other
side of the divide: in the same year, a second parallel barrier was built in the east of the city and the houses between the two structures razed to the ground, creating an exposed wasteland area that was known as
the 'death strip'
David Hasselhoff performs by the Berlin Wall on New Year's Eve 1990 Curious West Berliners peep over the stone and barbed wire barrier blocking off East Berlin from West. The first person to be shot dead for trying to cross, Gunter Liftin, had a flat in the West but had been visiting his mother in the East when the wall suddenly went up
An East German bulldozer and crane knock down the Berlin Wall at Potsdamer Platz
People from East Germany greet citizens of West Germany at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
A young boy is trying to show his talent by drawing on the East side of the Berlin Wall
A group of East German police officers look on as workers continue to demolish a section of the Berlin Wall
An East Berliner with West german flag and flowers enters West berlin amidst a crowd of East germans flooding through the recently made opening in the Berlin wall at Potsdamer Square
Thousands of young East Berliners crowd atop the Berlin Wall, near the Brandenburg Gate on 11 November 1989
West-Berliner citizens sit on the Berlin wall as East-German policemen stand guard on November 10, 1989 to ask for the fall of the Berlin wall
East-Berliner citizens are welcomed by the crowd as they enter West-Berlin by car at the Checkpoint Charlie on 9 November 1989
“We cannot yet say anything about the attacker’s motive,” said police spokesman Michael Gassen.
The 59-year-old victim’s father,
Richard was one of Germany’s most esteemed presidents – a largely ceremonial post – between 1984 to 1994. von Weizsacker,
The former head of state, who oversaw
Germany’s reunification, used his office to denounce intolerance towards immigrants and address Germany’s Nazi past.
The physician was one of the ex-president’s four children.
Mr von Weizsaecker studied and worked at several hospitals in Germany and abroad, including the Harvard Medical School in Boston,
US, and a hospital in Zurich, Switzerland.
He specialised in gastroenterology and internal medicine. On Tuesday night, he was giving an open lecture about fatty liver disease.
murder of Mr von Weizsaecker echoes a similar incident in 2016, when a man fatally shot a doctor at Berlin’s Benjamin Franklin Hospital before killing himself.
Christian Lindner, leader of the Free Democrats, called him “a passionate doctor and a fine person” on Twitter.
“He was at our house the other day for a barbecue. I am stunned and must share my grief”.
“Once again, you wonder what world we live in”.
Associated Press contributed to this report