The shots rang at 12:45 p.m. on Friday afternoon, January 24, near Rot am See train station, a small town of 5,000 people near Stuttgart in southwest Germany. A shootout took place in an inn that left six people dead and two seriously injured, police said.
No clear motive
The alleged perpetrator, ” a German “ according to the first elements of the investigation, was quickly arrested, and an imposing police device was deployed to close the perimeter. The whole avenue was blocked by police cordon. The victims participated in a ” family meeting “, says the Spiegel, citing a police source. The killer knew a priori the people he targeted.
The motive for the shooting is not yet clear at this point, with police calling to avoid any “Speculation”. The alleged shooter is a man born in 1983, according to Bild. He acted alone and there is no indication of the possible existence of an accomplice, according to the German agency DPA.
A country on the alert
Germany has experienced several shootings in recent years. Two people were notably killed on October 9 in Halle by a neo-Nazi sympathizer who had tried, without success, to enter the synagogue on the day of Yom Kippur to commit a massacre there. He had been arrested.
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German authorities are also on the alert after several jihadist attacks in recent years. The most deadly occurred in December 2016, when a Tunisian crashed into a Berlin Christmas market driving a stolen truck, killing twelve people.