Euskirchen court shooting

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Euskirchen court shooting
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Erwin Mikolajczyk
Location Euskirchen, Germany
Date March 9, 1994
12:58 p.m. (CET)
Attack type
Mass murder, suicide bombing
Weapons .45-caliber Colt pistol
Homemade bomb
Deaths 7 (including the perpetrator)
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrator Erwin Mikolajczyk

The Euskirchen court shooting was an act of mass murder that occurred at the district court in Euskirchen, Germany on March 9, 1994. Just after his appeal against a sentence for assaulting his former girlfriend, Vera Lamesic, had ended with an upholding of his conviction, 39-year-old Erwin Mikolajczyk re-entered the court building armed with .45-caliber Colt pistol and a homemade bomb in a backpack. In the hallway he fatally shot Lamesic, two women who had accompanied her, as well as two other people, and then entered the court room where he killed 33-year-old Alexander Schäfer, the judge who had convicted him. When he ran out of bullets, Mikolajczyk killed himself by detonating the bomb. A total of eight people were also wounded in the attack.[1]


  • Peter Kurth
  • Vera Lamesic, 56
  • Agnes Müller
  • Peter Preuß
  • Marianne Rübsam
  • Alexander Schäfer, 33

In popular culture[edit]

The film Tag der Abrechnung – Der Amokläufer von Euskirchen (de), released the same year and starring Christoph Waltz as Erwin Mikolajczyk, is based on the incident.[2]


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