Hanau, Feb 20, 2020: At least 10 people have been killed and five others seriously injured after two shootings at shisha bars in the German town of Hanau, according to local police, Yahoo reported.
Eight people died in separate attacks on the two bars at around 10pm on Wednesday night, police said.
A huge hunt was launched for the perpetrators involving dozens of armed police and a helicopter hovering above the commuter town 25km east of Frankfurt.
Police then tweeted at around 5am local time that special police force officers had stormed the home of the alleged suspect and found him dead along with another body.
Local police initially said that five people had been seriously injured, but later confirmed that eight people were “fatally wounded” in shootings at around 10pm local time and a major operation had been launched.
According to local media, eight or nine shots were fired at the Midnight shisha bar on Heumarkt in the centre of the town.
A dark vehicle was seen leaving the scene. Soon afterwards, shots were fired at a second shisha bar the Arena Bar & Café in Kurt-Schumacher-Platzin the western Kesselstadt district.
At least five people were also very seriously injured in the attacks.
Initial reports of a third incident in the district of Lamboy were denied by police.
According to Bild newspaper, police arrested one suspect. It was unclear how many suspects were involved overall.
Police said on Wednesday night they had no confirmed information on the background of the two attacks and appealed for witnesses to come forward. There was no detail about the possible motive.
Hanau’s federal MP, Katja Leikert, called the attack a “horrific scenario” in a tweet in which she offered her “heartfelt condolences” to the victims.
The mayor of the town, Claus Kaminsky, said it was the “worst evening imaginable”.
Hanau, which sits in southwestern Germany, about 20 km (12 miles) east of Frankfurt, has a population of about 100,000.
Reports of the shooting come just days after one person was shot dead and four more were injured outside a Berlin music venue. The shooting in the German capital occurred last Friday near the Tempodrome, which was hosting a Turkish comedy show on the night. The motives behind the Berlin attack have remained unclear.