Gunman arrested at German political campaign

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12 September 2005, SINSHEIM, GERMANY - German police arrested a man Saturday for firing more than 10 shots at campaigners for the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and wounding one in the hand.

12 September 2005

SINSHEIM, GERMANY - German police arrested a man Saturday for firing more than 10 shots at campaigners for the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and wounding one in the hand.

Police said the suspect, 43, was under the influence of alcohol when he opened fire with a gas-powered gun from a first-storey window towards the CDU activists, who were handing leaflets to Saturday morning shoppers in the southwestern city of Sinsheim.

Eyewitnesses said they heard more than 10 shots, which hit balloons and a placard showing local member of parliament Bernd Schmidbauer. An activist, 58, was grazed on the hand, but was not badly hurt.

Candidate Schmidbauer, who had not yet arrived at the canvassing point when the shots were fired, said, "I've heard vile invective, but in seven campaigns I've never encountered shooting."

Germany is holding a general election on September 18 and the CDU is forecast to win the most votes.

DPA

Subject: German news

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