Two dead in supermarket shooting in German town of Schwalmstadt

Two people have been found dead after a shooting at a supermarket north of Frankfurt, authorities said on Tuesday.

According to local police, gunshots were reported at the Schwalmstadt premises around 1 p.m. local time (1100 UTC).

“Based on consistent witness statements, a man first shot a woman in the grocery store and then apparently committed suicide,” a police statement said. “There are currently no indications of third party involvement.”

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The motive for the murder was not immediately clear.

Apart from the two people who died – a 58-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman – no other people were reportedly injured and there was no danger to the public, the statement added.

“The crime scene has been cordoned off over a large area,” police said.

Authorities have opened a criminal investigation into the incident. The emergency services at the scene also set up a support center for witnesses and those affected.

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The President of the Hesse Land Parliament, Astrid Wallmann, thanked the police for their work and offered her condolences to the relatives of the dead.

Schwalmstadt is a medium-sized rural town of just under 20,000 people located about a 90-minute drive north of Frankfurt.

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