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Germany: Shooting in Rot am See, six killed

Updated: Jan 25, 2020

German police have said that they have apprehended the 26-year-old suspect. The victims were members of his family.

German authorities confirmed on Friday that six people were killed in a building in the southwestern town of Rot am See, near Aalen in Baden-Württemberg. Two other victims were being treated in a local hospital, one with life-threatening injuries.

Aalen police told reporters that they believed some or all of the victims were members of the 26-year-old suspect's family. Officers were able to "have a coherent conversation" with him, they said, but still could not ascertain his motive.

Three of the those killed were men aged 36, 65 und 69, while the three others were women aged 36, 56 und 62. The police confirmed that two of the deceased were the suspect's parents.

Two people were found inside the house, and four people in front of it.

The two injured victims were a man and a woman, whom the authorities said were "not locals," and that they were trying to determine what relationship they might have had to the suspect.

The suspect is a German national, a hobby marksman with a firearms license for the 9 mm pistol believed to be the murder weapon. Authorities said that he lived in the house were the murders occurred and that he was the one who called the police after committing the crime. 

Police suspect the shooting was personally motivated

Police had said earlier on Friday that preliminary indications show that the shooting was linked to "a personal relationship" conflict and tweeted that the suspect was arrested shortly after the attack.

The shooting took place at approximately 12:45 local time (11:45 UTC) near the train station of Rot am See, a town of 5,200 residents. 

Source: dw.com