A gunman opened fire at a packed nightclub in southern Germany on Sunday, killing one and wounding four before being shot by police, authorities said, in an attack likely motivated by a personal feud.
“The 34-year-old man, identified as an Iraqi national, was critically injured in a shootout with police officers as he left the disco, and later succumbed to his wounds in hospital,” police said in a statement.
“Investigations are ongoing into the background of the act, which was likely linked to a dispute in the attacker’s personal life. There are no indications of a terror act,” police added.
The foreign gunman has been living in the Constance region, which borders Switzerland, for 15 years.
Officers began receiving emergency calls from 4.30am.
One person was killed on the spot and three were seriously injured.
Shortly after the gunman left the building, he was shot by police. One officer was also injured in the exchange of fire.
Frightened revellers had either fled the building or found a place to hide, police said, adding that the danger was now over.
Helicopters were circling overhead and special forces were also deployed to secure the site.
A witness told national news agency DPA that the attacker was shooting randomly at clubbers around him.
“The club was jam-packed,” added the unnamed man, who said he had seen the attacker and fled quickly with his friends.
Another unnamed clubber said he was in washroom when someone came in and closed the toilet door saying there was shooting.
“I didn’t believe it and went out. But I heard shots and quickly ran back to the toilet and closed the door with another person. With us was a bouncer who was shot and he was bandaging the wound with a belt,” said the witness.
A bartender then opened the emergency exit door, allowing revellers to flee, he said.
“”I just shouted at everyone to run and when we were in the parking lot, we heard shots again,” he said.
Police was unable to confirm the type of weapon used.
The shooting came just two days after Germany was shaken by a knife attack in the northern port city of Hamburg.
A 26-year-old Palestinian had killed one and injured six in an assault at a supermarket.
He was a known Islamist with psychological problems.
Germany has been on high alert about the threat of a attack.