Police detain German villager who shot nine in bar

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1 November 2005, WERNBERG-KOEBLITZ, GERMANY - German police said Monday they were holding a man suspected of spraying gunfire around a rural bar and killing a 67-year-old man, apparently in a fit of rage.

1 November 2005

WERNBERG-KOEBLITZ, GERMANY - German police said Monday they were holding a man suspected of spraying gunfire around a rural bar and killing a 67-year-old man, apparently in a fit of rage.

The shooting Sunday night in a village close to the Czech border left eight other persons with gunshot wounds, some critical.

A nationwide search was set up for the unemployed, 49-year-old metalworker, who has a hunting licence. A Bavarian newspaper, Der Neue Tag, said the suspect contacted police and turned himself in.

The suspect was described by locals as a loner who was not well liked. Police said he had recently been evicted from his home.

As about 50 people were attending a Catholic Church social in the village of Wernberg-Koeblitz, 170 kilometres northeast of Munich, two pistol shots were fired through a kitchen window. He then shot dead a 67-year-old man and fired at random into the bar-room.

DPA

Subject: German news

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