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Published On: Thu, Feb 20th, 2020

German police raid Hanau shooting suspect’s home, discover him ‘dead with another body nearby’

The suspect behind a shooting rampage that killed eight people in Germany has been found dead in his home, along with the body of another person, according to police. The circumstances of his death remain unclear.

The alleged gunman was found dead early on Thursday following a pair of shooting sprees at two hookah lounges in the city of Hanau the prior evening, which also left 5 people injured. While the motive behind the attack remains unclear, police believe the suspect acted alone, stating it may have simply been “indiscriminate act,” according to local media.

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Police have yet to identify the other person found dead in the suspect’s home in Hanau, and also have not clarified whether the gunman took his own life. A search of his car, however, produced ammunition, magazines and a holster, after officers cleared the car for booby traps.

According to eyewitnesses, the assailant opened fire on the first hookah bar located in central Hanau around 10pm, firing off 8 or 9 rounds which killed three people.

The gunman immediately fled the scene in a vehicle, traveling to another lounge in the Kesselstadt district, where he shot five others dead.

After a lengthy city-wide search, involving heavily armed officers and dozens of police vehicles, witnesses led law enforcement to the suspect’s home sometime around 3am. The gunman’s father was reportedly led out of the house after a police raid, with officers shouting “Where is your son?”

Reports of a third shooting in Lamboy remain unconfirmed, but local media reported that nobody was killed there, citing a prosecutor’s spokesperson. According to earlier reports, one suspect was arrested near the second crime scene in Kesselstadt, but police say he had nothing to do with the shooting spree.

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German police raid Hanau shooting suspect’s home, discover him ‘dead with another body nearby’