Horst Kullack nonetheless managed to climb the interior security fence and creep towards the front wall in a hunched over position before he was suddenly caught in the spotlight. Without calling out to Kullack in advance, each of the border guards aimed and fired two shots at him.
He biked to the company where he worked. When he got there he managed to reach the fence that blocked off the grounds from the border without his colleagues’ on the night shift noticing. He climbed onto the roof of a shack and slid down a heating pipe that landed him in a dog run within the border grounds, but no dog attacked.
They were able to get over the signal fence with the ladder, but without realizing it, they had set off an alarm. Klaus Schulze, running behind one end of the ladder in a crouched position, stumbled over a trip wire. Dieter Krause was the first to reach the last fence, a 2.5-meter-high stretch metal fence set on an adjoining steep concrete slope, and placed the ladder on it.
It was October 30, 1972, shortly before 1 p.m. The eight-year-old Turkish child was playing with a friend on the Spree embankment at the Gröbenufer in Kreuzberg, which was located about 100 meters from the Oberbaum Bridge border crossing.