At least nine people have been killed as a 43-year old suspect targeted two shisha lounges on Wednesday in the western town of Hanau in Germany.
According to prosecutors, the assault is being investigated. However, the suspect and his mother were found dead early Thursday morning after the Hanau shooting.
There are indications that the suspect had a far-right motive, German federal prosecutors said.
“Federal prosecutors have taken over the investigation and there are indications of a right-wing extremist background,” said a spokesman for the prosecutors.
Al Jazeera News reports that the police believe the gunman returned home after his rampage and shot himself.
“There are no indications that other suspects were involved,” police said in a statement. “One of the two dead people found is highly likely the perpetrator. The investigations into the identity of the victims and the perpetrator are ongoing.”Police did not give details of the suspect’s possible motive or how he died.
The suspect was said to have had a right-wing motive when a German tabloid paper, Bild, realized from the letter the suspect had left behind.
Can-Luca Frissena whose brother and father run one of the bars attacked by the gunman said, he rushed to the scene after he heard what happened.
“I heard my father was affected and my little brother, they run the kiosk, I don’t have much to do with it,” said Frisenna. “But then I saw them both – they were horrified and they were crying and everything. So, everyone was shocked.”
After following the witness statement, Police sealed off and searched the suspect’s apartment in Hanau’s Kesselstadt for any sort of evidence.