Shootings at two hookah bars in the German city of Hanau and nearby Kesselstadt have resulted in multiple casualties. Police believe the attacks are related and have detained one suspect.
German media reported that the first incident happened at Kurt-Schumacher-Platz, in central Hanau. It was followed by the shooting in Kesselstadt, which apparently involved shots fired at another hookah bar from a moving car shortly afterward.
Hanau is a city of about 100,000 residents, located just east of Frankfurt on the Mein, in the German state of Hesse.
Videos of the massive police response were posted to social media on Wednesday evening local time, along with speculation that at least eight people may have been killed at the two locations.
Shortly after midnight, Hanau police confirmed that eight people were killed in addition to five people who were “seriously injured.”
A possible third shooting, in the Lamboy district, has been reported by the local TV Hessischer Rundfunk, but remains unconfirmed as of yet.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2020.