Four killed in German shooting: police

19th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

Four people died and a police officer was seriously wounded Sunday after an explosion and a shootout that ended at a hospital in the town of Loerrach, southwest Germany, police told AFP.

"At around 1600 GMT, firefighters were called out to an explosion at an apartment in a street near the hospital," a spokesman for Loerrach police told AFP.

"An armed woman came out of the burning apartment and headed towards the establishment (the hospital), where a shootout with the police broke out, in which two people died, including the woman," he added.

A police office was also seriously wounded in the exchange of fire.

"Soon afterwards, firefighters found two bodies in the apartment, one of a woman and one of a girl," the spokesman said.

Police did not yet know what had prompted the incident, he added.

The shooting happened at Saint Elizabeth hospital in the centre of Loerrach, a town of some 48,000 people, which lies near Germany's borders with France and Switzerland.

The incident comes only days after the manslaughter trial opened in Stuttgart Thursday of the father of Tim Kretschmer, the teenager who in March 2009 shot dead 15 people before killing himself at his old school.

Joerg Kretschmer, a 51-year-old businessman, is accused of having violated gun laws because his 17-year-old son was able to take his 9mm Beretta pistol from his bedside for his killing spree in the southern town of Winnenden.

© 2010 AFP

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