An interior minister has said the gunman who killed nine people in two shisha bars had a xenophobic motive, and it is being treated as domestic terrorism.
Police in Hanau, some 12 miles from Frankfurt found the gunman, 43, dead in his flat along with the body of his 72-year old mother who died of gunshot wounds.
According to reports, this is a far-right motivated attack on Kurdish victims.
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Peter Beuth is examining the gunman’s website, he said he was in possession of illegal firearms and was a sports marksman.
Beuth said on “Initial analysis of the webpage of the suspect indicate a xenophobic motivation.”
Can-Luca Frisenna, whose father runs a local shop said, “But then I saw them both – they were horrified and they were crying and everything,” he said.
“It is like being in a film, it’s like a bad joke, that someone is playing a joke on us. I can’t grasp yet everything that has happened.
“My colleagues, all my colleagues, they are like my family, they can’t understand it either, but I hope that there is a hope that god is with them.”
Hanau mayor Claus Kaminsky told Bild newspaper, “This was a terrible evening that will certainly occupy us for a long, long time and we will remember with sadness.”