8 dead in shooting in Germany

At least 8 people shot dead in the city of Hanau, near Frankfurt. Suspected shooter found dead.

Elad Benari , | updated: 6:39 AM

Forensic experts at scene of shooting in Hanau
Forensic experts at scene of shooting in Hanau
Reuters

At least eight people were shot dead in the German city of Hanau, located near Frankfurt, on Wednesday night.

Deutsche Welle reported that the shooter opened fire at a shisha bar in Hanau's downtown, killing three people.

He then drove to the neighborhood of Kesselstadt and opened fire at the second shisha bar, where five people died.

German police said early Thursday morning that the man suspected of carrying out the shooting has been found dead at his home.

Police said in a tweet Thursday that officers also found another body at the same address. No details were released on the other person.

The motive for the incident is not yet clear.

Germany has been on a high level of alert due to a series of terrorist attacks in the country in recent years, including a 2016 attack on a Christian market in Berling in which 12 people were killed by an Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist who rammed into a crowd of civilians.

In January, six people were killed and another two wounded in a shooting in the southwestern German town of Rot am See. Police said they believed that incident was “family drama” and not an act of terrorism.



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