Police in Hanau have discovered a letter and video claiming responsibility for a shooting in the west German city on Wednesday evening in which nine people were killed, according to local media reports.
The victims were shot dead at two locations in the city, near Frankfurt. After a manhunt, police discovered the corpse of the suspected shooter in his flat. They said there were no indications as yet that other perpetrators were involved.
German media reported that the alleged perpetrator’s video reflected radical rightwing sympathies.
“Our thoughts are today with the people of Hanau, where a horrific crime was committed,” Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert wrote on Twitter. “Our deepest sympathy goes to the families who are mourning the loss of their loved ones.”
Bild Zeitung reported that the shooter first struck the “Midnight” shisha bar in Hanau city centre at about 10pm on Wednesday and then moved to Arena bar and café a few miles west. Among the victims were five young people, one of them a woman. Bild said many of them were ethnic Kurds.
In a statement, local police said that after the shooting, witnesses passed on information about a car leaving the scene. Police then closed off and searched a section of the Hanau suburb of Kesselstadt. They found two corpses in the suspect’s flat, one of them “highly likely” to have been that of the shooter. Police said they had yet to ascertain the identities of the victims and the suspected perpetrator.
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