Six ‘family members’ are killed in mass shooting at German bar as police arrest suspected gunman
- A gunman opened fire shortly after midday in the southwest town of Rot am See
- Up to six people are feared dead and several more have been injured
- The suspected gunman is thought to have known victims and has been arrested
Six family members have been shot dead in a German bar this afternoon by a gunman who they knew.
Aalen police said the shooter opened fire in the building shortly after midday in the southwestern town of Rot am See, Baden-Wuerttemberg, 105 miles northwest of Munich.
Germany newspaper Bild reports the victims were all members of the same family and were killed by a 37-year-old male with a personal motive.
Police confirmed that a few others have been seriously injured and that the suspect has been arrested.
Spokesman Rudolf Biehlmaier said: ‘According to my information, there were six dead and several injured.
Police swoop in on the area in the southwestern German town of Rot am See, Baden-Wuerttemberg, where six are believed to have been shot dead
German police are seen at the site where a shooter, believed to have a personal motive, launched an assault
Aalen police said a gunman opened fire shortly after midday in the southwestern town of Rot am See, Baden-Wuerttemberg, 105 miles northwest of Munich
‘We are working on the assumption that this was a single attacker. In any case, we have no information on further suspects.’
Initial information suggests the victims and the suspect knew each other and there is no indication more suspects were involved.
A second police spokesman Holger Binert aid: ‘We have arrested a suspect,’ adding that initial information suggested the suspect and one or more of the victims knew each other.
Pictures from the scene show a large police presence in what appears to be a residential neighbourhood.
Forensic teams were also seen entering the house to comb for evidence.
A press conference was due to be held in the nearby town of Ellwangen later this afternoon.
Mass shootings are a comparatively rare occurrence in Germany, although in October a far-right attacker shot two people dead in eastern city Halle after trying to get into a packed synagogue with home-made weapons.
Officers gather near the crime scene which is reported to be a German bar