Two people including the gunman were killed and at least four others were left wounded after a man opened fire in a German nightclub Sunday (Saturday night in the U.S.), police said.
The 34-year-old suspect opened fire at Grey nightclub on Max-Stromeyer-Strasse in the city of Konstanz around 4:30 a.m. CEST (10:30 p.m. EDT). Later the attacker was shot and fatally injured by the police in a gunfight.
The 34-year-old attacker “was critically injured in a shootout with police officers as he left the disco, and later succumbed to his wounds in hospital,” according to a press release by authorities after the incident.
“The motives of the probably only acting man are not yet known. Investigations by the prosecutor’s office and the criminal investigation department continue,” the release said.
The gunman was said to be an Iraqi national who resided in Germany, Fritz Bezikofer from the Kostanz police told CNN. A German police spokesman told broadcaster N-TV the attacker had lived in the country for a long time and was not an asylum seeker.
“According to our investigations this is not terror-related, unless the gunman radicalized himself within the last three days,” Bezikofer said. “At this moment we believe that he may have had alternative motives,” Bezikofer added.
One police officer was also injured during the gunfight with the attacker outside the club. A bouncer at the scene who tried to stop the suspect was also injured. Police authorities mentioned that special commando forces and a police helicopter were deployed in the city as they were not yet sure if the suspect was acting alone or had accomplices, according to BBC News.
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