Multiple Dead After Shooting in Hanau, Germany

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Police in front of a restaurant in central Hanau Germany after several people were murdered in a shooting

"The police can now confirm that eight people were fatally wounded".

Update (2/19/2020, 11:00 p.m.): This article has been updated to reflect that police have found the suspect dead in their home.

Hanau has a population of just under 100,000 and is located in southwestern Germany, just east of Frankfurt.

Hours after the incident, the police found the suspected gunman dead at his home.

A special forces officer guards the road in front of a house as police search the site after a mass shooting nearby, in Hanau, Germany, February 20, 2020. The motives behind the deadly attacks also remain unclear.

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A bullet on the sidewalk at the scene of a shooting in central Hanau Germany

A gunman reportedly rang the doorbell and shot at people in the smoking section, killing five including a woman, mass-market daily Bild said.

Three people were killed outside the building, local media said, with witnesses reporting hearing a dozen shots.

Prosecutor Frank said investigators were trying to determine if the suspect had accomplices, or contacts in Germany or overseas who might have known about the attack plans.

Police officers earlier swarmed central Hanau, cordoning off the area of one of the shootings as a helicopter hovered overhead.

In a statement Thursday morning, Josef Schuster, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said he anxious about "the safety of minorities in Germany, and of those who are committed to helping them".

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An anti-Semitic shooting spree that took place on the Jewish holy day Yom Kippur in October 2019 and left two people dead was carried out with homemade weapons that frequently jammed and misfired.

Here's what we know about the events in which a marauding gunman killed 10 people in the German city of Hanau on Wednesday night.

Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the "poison" of racism Thursday after a shooter with suspected far-right beliefs killed nine people at a shisha bar and a cafe in the German city of Hanau.

"This is an attack on our free and peaceful society", he said.

The attacker, or attackers, fled the scene by vehicle, according to police.

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German police have identified around 60 far-right adherents as "dangerous" individuals capable of carrying out a violent attack.

Many people were out watching the Champions League soccer match between German club RB Leipzig and English rivals Tottenham Hotspur, a local bar owner told Bloomberg. Police haven't confirmed whether it was the actual shooter.

For the last two weeks, the country has been in crisis after her party aligned with the far-right Alternative for Germany in a vote for premier in an eastern German state.

In 2017, anger at the attacks coupled with fears about integration manifested in record support for the far-right AfD at Germany's national election - earning them 94 seats in parliament and making them the third largest party. "We wish the injured a speedy recovery", added Maas.

Less than a week ago 12 members of an extremist group were arrested by the police for plotting "shocking" large-scale attacks on mosques.

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Hanau is also close to where Walter Luebcke, a Hesse lawmaker from Dr Merkel's CDU who supported her refugee policy, was gunned down previous year.

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