German shooter who killed 9 people had racist motive, local officials say

by Bryan Brammer · Feb 20th, 2020 11:54 am

A shooter responsible for killing nine people of immigrant background near Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday evening likely had racist motives, according to local authorities.

The suspect, a 43-year-old German man, walked into a hookah lounge around 10 p.m. local time and opened fire on patrons before fleeing in a dark vehicle and continuing his shooting spree in two other nearby areas, police reported late Wednesday night.

Police were able to track the suspect's vehicle to the neighborhood of Kesselstadt. After they blocked off the owner's address, police stormed the building, discovering two corpses. The bodies are believed to be that of the shooter and his 72-year-old mother.

Investigators discovered confusing racist rants in a written text as well as several audio recordings on his website, one of which was a call to eliminate ethnic groups and immigrants from Germany. The assailant appeared to be mentally unstable.

"There are cases of these insane people who target minority groups. The whole society needs to consider a response to these developments," one government official said.


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