Police say suspect who killed nine people at two shisha bars then killed his mother and himself at home
A gunman killed nine people in two apparently racially-motivated shootings at shisha bars and one at his home in the German town of Hanau on Wednesday night, police have said.
The suspect then killed himself, according to police, after also killing his mother at his home.
Investigators believe a racist motive to be behind the attack, Peter Beuth, the interior minister for the state of Hessen, said. “Our current insights give enough ground for a xenophobic motive,” the CDU politician said.
Nine people died in the attacks on the two bars at about 10pm on Wednesday night. Five others shot have life-threatening injuries, police said.
Some of those killed were of Turkish origin, a spokesman for the Turkish presidency said. “We expect German authorities to show maximum effort to enlighten this case. Racism is a collective cancer,” İbrahim Kalın tweeted.
The killer was named by police as 43-year-old Tobias R. His surname was not given, in line with German practice.
He shot himself and his 72-year-old mother at home, police said. They also confirmed he possessed a hunting licence.
The Bild newspaper said he expressed extreme rightwing views in a letter of confession he left behind. A video in which he explained his motives is also believed to be part of the investigation. The Guardian could not confirm the details of his confession. The video was taken down from social media sites on Thursday morning, police said.
After the murders, a huge hunt was launched for the perpetrator involving dozens of armed police and a helicopter hovering above the commuter town 15 miles (25km) east of Frankfurt.