Two dead in Ger­man night­club shoot­ing

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

BERLIN — A gun­man opened fire at a packed night­club in south­ern Ger­many early on Sun­day, killing one and wound­ing four be­fore be­ing shot by po­lice, au­thor­i­ties said, rul­ing out a ter­ror at­tack.

The 34-year-old man, iden­ti­fied as an Iraqi na­tional, “was crit­i­cally in­jured in a shootout with po­lice of­fi­cers as he left the disco, and later suc­cumbed to his wounds in hos­pi­tal,” po­lice said in a state­ment.

“We’re not as­sum­ing that this is an act of ter­ror­ist vi­o­lence,” said po­lice spokesman Fritz Bezikofer.

“The events in the disco and all the links are some­what clearer and they ac­tu­ally rule out a ter­ror back­ground,” he said, adding that the gun­man was not an asy­lum-seeker and has been liv­ing in Ger­many for some time.

Of­fi­cers be­gan re­ceiv­ing emer­gency calls from ter­ri­fied club­bers at around 4:30 am as the man be­gan shoot­ing in the night­club heav­ing with “sev­eral hun­dred” peo­ple, said po­lice.

One per­son was killed on the spot and three oth­ers se­ri­ously wounded in the club called “Grey”, lo­cated in an in­dus­trial zone in Con­stance, a city on the banks of the epony­mous lake near the Swiss bor­der.

Shortly af­ter the gun­man left the build­ing, he was shot by po­lice. One of­fi­cer was also in­jured in the ex­change of fire.

Ter­ri­fied night­club­bers had ei­ther fled the build­ing or found a place to hide, po­lice said, adding that the dan­ger was now over.

He­li­copters were cir­cling over­head and spe­cial forces were also de­ployed to se­cure the site.

The shoot­ing came just two days af­ter Ger­many was shaken by a knife at­tack in the north­ern city of Ham­burg.

A 26-year-old Pales­tinian had killed one and in­jured six in an as­sault at a su­per­mar­ket.

He was a known Is­lamist with psy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lems, and in­ves­ti­ga­tors say his mo­tives re­main un­clear.

We’re not as­sum­ing that this is an act of ter­ror­ist vi­o­lence.” Fritz Bezikofer, po­lice spokesman

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Ham­burg’s mayor Olaf Scholz lays down flow­ers at a makeshift memo­rial in front of the su­per­mar­ket.

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