A gunman opened fire at a packed nightclub in southern Germany today, killing one and wounding four before being shot by police, authorities said, in an attack likely motivated by a personal feud.
The 34-year-old man, identified as an Iraqi national, “was critically injured in a shootout with police officers as he left the disco, and later succumbed to his wounds in hospital,” police said in a statement.
“Investigations are ongoing into the background of the act, which was likely linked to a dispute in the attacker’s personal life. There are no indications of a terror act,” police added.
The foreign gunman was not an asylum seeker and has been living in the Constance region, which borders Switzerland, for 15 years.
Officers began receiving emergency calls from terrified clubbers at around 4:30 am (local time) as the man began shooting in the nightclub heaving with “several hundred” people, said police.
One person was killed on the spot and three others seriously wounded in the club called “Grey”, located in an industrial zone of the city, which draws Swiss revellers during the weekends.
Shortly after the gunman left the building, he was shot by police. One officer was also injured in the exchange of fire.
Frightened revellers had either fled the building or found a place to hide, police said, adding that the danger was now over.
The shooting came just two days after Germany was shaken by a knife attack in the northern port city of Hamburg.
A 26-year-old Palestinian had killed one and injured six in an assault at a supermarket.
He was a known Islamist with psychological problems, and investigators say his motives remain unclear.
Germany has been on high alert about the threat of a jihadist attack, especially since last December’s truck rampage through a Berlin Christmas market that claimed 12 lives.
But it has also been hit by other assaults unrelated to the jihadist threat.
Among the deadliest in recent years is a Munich shopping mall rampage last June by 18-year-old German-Iranian man which left 10 people dead including the gunman himself.