Incident Summary:

11/20/2019: An assailant stabbed Fritz von Weizsacker as he was delivering a lecture at the Schlosspark hospital in Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany. Von Weizsacker was killed and an off-duty police officer was injured in the attack. The assailant was arrested and claimed that he attacked von Weizsacker because he is the son of former German President Richard von Weizsacker, who worked for a pharmaceutical company responsible for producing Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.




Western Europe

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Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Charlottenburg neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Germany
Specific Description Son of Former President: Richard von Weizsacker
Nationality of Target Germany
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A knife was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources noted the assailant had a diagnosed mental disorder and an irrational dislike of the victim's family. The victims included Fritz von Weizsacker.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Son of former German president stabbed to death at Berlin hospital," The Local Germany, November 20, 2019.