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‘Incredibly fast’ coverage of Germany mass shooting

, by Patrick Maks

When news of a mass shooting in Hanau, Germany, broke on Wednesday night, AP sprung into action to deliver fast all-formats coverage of the attack that left nine people dead.

Thanks to quick thinking and teamwork, AP staffers in Germany got to the scene fast and immediately went live. Photos, video and text stories were sent to customers within minutes.

Forensics officers investigate the scene a shooting in Hanau, Germany, Feb. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

AP live video was available hours before other outlets. 

“Our team in Germany leapt into action late Wednesday after seeing reports about the shooting and then continued working through the night,” News Director for Europe and Africa Anna Johnson said. “That quick reaction, resourcefulness and smart news judgment allowed the AP to get text, photos and video, including live video, out to customers incredibly fast.”

AP’s coverage of the shooting continued Thursday, including stories examining the effect on Germany’s immigrant community and recent deadly racist attacks in the country. 

Watch the AP video below: