German hookah bar attacks: 11 dead, including suspected gunman, in Hanau

Suspected gunman found dead after fatal German hookah bar attacks

HANAU, Germany — At least 11 people are dead, including the suspected gunman, in a series of attacks in Hanau, Germany, authorities said.

According to The Associated Press, the 43-year-old gunman, who investigators said likely had far-right beliefs, opened fire at a hookah bar, cafe, car and sports bar Wednesday night, killing nine people before fleeing, investigators said. Police later found the suspect dead at his home near his mother’s body, the AP reported.

Hesse Interior Minister Peter Beuth said investigators are analyzing a website that likely belonged to the suspect, whose name has not been released. The gunman appeared to have a “xenophobic motivation,” Beuth said, according to the AP.

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Officials are investigating the mass shooting as possible domestic terrorism, the AP reported.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the attacks.

“Racism is a poison. Hatred is a poison,” she said, adding, “This hatred exists in our society, and it is responsible for far too many crimes.”

Police officers stand near a house that is being searched after a shooting in Hanau, Germany early Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020.
Police officers stand near a house that is being searched after a shooting in Hanau, Germany early Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Boris Roessler/dpa via AP)