Leipzig (dpa/sn) - A man was seriously injured in a shootout on Eisenbahnstraße in Leipzig on Saturday evening. The 32-year-old was taken to a hospital, his life is not in danger, said a police spokesman on Sunday. A suspect was arrested on Saturday evening. The 29-year-old is due to be brought before a magistrate on Sunday. The investigation into an attempted homicide is ongoing. The police did not want to give any further details.
Eisenbahnstraße is a crime hotspot in Leipzig. The first and so far only weapon ban zone in Saxony was set up there in November 2018. Certain weapons may not be carried in the area, which is around 70 football pitches in size, and the police are allowed to carry out checks regardless of suspicion. The zone is expected to be lifted soon.
According to a study published by the University of Leipzig last year, the zone had little impact on general crime, but since then there have largely been no serious conflicts. The majority of residents had also wished for preventive measures against open drug trafficking, littering and traffic hooliganism. In addition to an increased police presence in the form of pedestrian and bicycle lanes, there are plans to set up a permanent police station in the area.