Egri added these comments as an afterthought:
My guess is that Turks or Yugoslav Muslims were firing randomly. The detail that it was a “sports bar” tells me it could be Yugoslavs — only Africans and Yugoslavs go to “sports bars”. There are no sports there, of course: it is betting. It used to be illegal in Germany; then it was made legal, and now it pops up like cancer everywhere.
New Year’s Eve Germany: 12-Year-Old Girl Shot
by Egri Nök
An original translation from Braunschweiger Zeitung:
12-Year-Old Girl Badly Wounded by Bullets During Silvester Night
SALZGITTER — The girl is not in critical condition. Police arrest three suspects in Thiede.
January 1, 2018
[Photo caption (not shown): Several people celebrated the New Year with gunshots. A 12-year-old girl was shot.]
A 12-year-old girl was gravely wounded in the Salzgitter district of Thiede when several men fired indiscriminately with handguns during Silvester night. The child was hit in the upper body, and underwent emergency surgery in a Wolfenbüttel hospital. According to the Salzgitter police spokesman Matthias Pintak, the girl is not in critical condition.
Police only learnt about the gunshot wound in hospital. “The full police force went into action immediately,” said Pintak. With the help of witnesses, his colleagues swiftly identified three suspects who were lingering near the crime scene, and immediately arrested them. “Their involvement in the crime is currently under investigation and is not yet finally determined,” says Pintak. A large area around Diesterwegstraße, where the crime occurred, is still cordoned off around noontime. Police went in with tracking hounds to search for ammunition. According to information that our newspaper has obtained, on the street, in the cordoned-off area around a sports bar, more than 20 shell casings were found. Neighbours told our newspaper that shortly before midnight, “firing in all directions” began there. Some of the projectiles appear to have hit a house.
It has not yet been finally determined which types of guns were used. It is also still unclear whether all of the three suspects were involved in the crime, and which of them used a firearm. “We are still investigating into whether the three suspects will appear before the committing magistrate,” says Pintak. Not much is known about the identity of the three men. One of them is 65 years old.
New Year’s Eve 2016-2017 in Thiede had previously made nationwide headlines. Two volunteer firemen (33 and 28 years old) who were off-duty rushed to support their colleagues near the station house, and were beaten up. One of the two men still suffers from the aftereffects. Among other things, unknown persons broke his ankle multiple times. The perpetrators were never apprehended; the prosecution closed the case in May.