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8 killed in Germany shootings; police say suspect dead

HANAU, Germany — German police say that the man suspected of shooting several people in the city of Hanau has been found dead at his home.

Police said in a tweet early Thursday that officers also found another body at the same address. No details were released on the other person.

Police gave no details of the suspected gunman but said “there are currently no indications of further perpetrators.”

Eight people had been killed and five wounded in the shootings in and outside two hookah lounges in the southwestern German city late Wednesday.

Police said a dark vehicle was spotted leaving the location of the first attack and another shooting was reported later.

Hookah lounges are places where people gather to smoke flavored tobacco from Middle Eastern water pipes.

“This was a terrible evening that will certainly occupy us for a long, long time and we will remember with sadness,” Hanau Mayor Claus Kaminsky told the Bild newspaper. Lawmaker Katja Leikert, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right party who represents Hanau in the German parliament, tweeted that it was “a real horror scenario for us all.”

Hanau is about 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of Frankfurt. It has about 100,000 inhabitants and is in Hesse state.

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