Shooting in German nightclub 'not terrorism', leaves one dead

The shooting comes just after a stabbing attack in Hamburg, in which one person was killed and six were injured.

By REUTERS
July 30, 2017 10:53
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Police stand near the disco Club Grey in the southern German town of Konstanz, where a gunman opened

Police stand near the disco Club Grey in the southern German town of Konstanz, where a gunman opened fire, killing one and wounding four people before being shot by police, on July 30, 2017.. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO)

A 34-year-old man opened fire in a nightclub in the southern German city of Konstanz on Sunday, killing one person and seriously injuring four others, police said.

The suspect was fatally wounded in a gunfight with police officers outside the music venue after they had rushed to the scene shortly after the incident around 0230 GMT. He died later in hospital.

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Police said that the suspect was an Iraqi citizen who had lived in the country for a long time and was not an asylum seeker and ruled out terrorism as a motive.

Konstanz police spokesman Fritz Bezikofer told the n-tv broadcaster that after an initial investigation into the events surrounding the shooting at the nightclub in Konstanz on the border with Switzerland investigators ruled out terrorism.

"The motives of the man who acted alone are unclear," he said. "We are still investigating but the circumstances surrounding the events at the disco in the evening before the shooting are a bit clearer and this led us to rule out a terrorism background."

Police said in a statement that special commando forces have been deployed in the city as it was not clear if the suspected had acted alone or had accomplices.

On Friday, a failed asylum seeker killed one person and injured six others in the northern city of Hamburg. Officials said he was an Islamist known to security forces and he had was psychologically unstable.


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