German police arrest two after 'ice cream' shooting

13th August 2008, Comments 0 comments

Men shot three dead in an ice cream parlor near Frankfurt

Berlin -- German police arrested two men Wednesday in connection with a shooting at an ice cream parlor in the city of Ruesselsheim in which two men and a woman were killed, prosecutors office said.

Two of the victims in the killing, which took place at 8 p.m Tuesday, were reported to be of Kurdish-Turkish origin and to be regulars at the De Rocco cafe in the pedestrian zone near the station in the city, which lies to the southwest of Frankfurt.

National commercial broadcaster n-tv reported that the woman killed was an innocent bystander.

The 55-year-old woman was said to run a business next door and to have been in the cafe for a coffee at the time of the shooting.

She died in the arms of her husband.

A fourth person, another man, was seriously hurt and was being closely guarded by police.

Flowers were placed at the scene.

The n-tv report said the victims had been unarmed, although other reports referred to a scuffle with knives drawn before the shooting took place.

Police did not confirm reports that the killings could be linked to drug deals or unpaid gambling debts. Nor did they link the shooting to organized crime.

Last year six people died in a shooting outside a pizzeria near the main station in the city of Duisburg.

Police investigations centred on organized crime gangs in southern Italy, in particular the 'Ndrangheta, and several arrests were made.

DPA with Expatica

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