Two Dead, Four Wounded in Ger­many Night­club Shoot­ing


A gun­man opened fire at a packed night­club in south­ern Ger­many early 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,” po­lice spokesman Fritz Bezikofer told rolling news chan­nel NTV.

“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.

An­other po­lice source said he could have been mo­ti­vated by per­sonal re­la­tion­ship is­sues.

Of­fi­cers be­gan re­ceiv­ing emer­gency calls from ter­ri­fied club­bers at around 4:30 am (0230 GMT) 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.

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