Chain-saw attack bloody in Swiss office
BERLIN — A man armed with a chain saw wounded five people at a health insurer’s office Monday in the northern Swiss city of Schaffhausen, police said, triggering a manhunt for a suspect described as aggressive and psychologically unstable.
The suspect, Franz Wrousis, 51, has two previous convictions for weapons offenses and no fixed residence, authorities said. A dog-walker said she had seen him in the woods near Schaffhausen for the past few weeks.
The attacker wounded two insurance agency employees in their ground-floor office in the old town of Schaffhausen on Monday morning, said Christina Wettstein, a spokesman for insurer CSS. Authorities said their lives were not in danger. The perpetrator had fled by the time police arrived. Authorities sealed off the city’s old town until midafternoon but kept up their manhunt.
Swiss police ruled out terrorism.
“This was first and foremost a crime against this insurance agency,” senior regional police official Ravi Landolt told reporters, though there was no exact word on the suspect’s motive. “We have information that this man is dangerous, that he is aggressive and, shall we say, psychologically disturbed,” Landolt added.