One person was left dead and three were injured after a nightclub shooting in Constance, Germany early Sunday morning, in what officials are reluctant to call a terrorist attack.
The gunman has been identified as a 34-year-old Iraqi national who opened fire at the nightclub at roughly 4:30 AM. Official accounts of the incident reveal that, while still resulting in a tragic death and injuries, it could’ve been much worse. The Iraqi was using an automatic weapon, and there were several hundred people in the nightclub.
“The disco was full. I guess there were several hundred people in there,” a witness told the German tabloid Bild.
Citing personal relationship issues, German officials are tentatively withholding terrorism as one of the potential motives for the attack. The suspect has lived in Germany for several years and was not an asylum seeker.
“We’re not assuming that this is an act of terrorist violence,” police spokesman Fritz Bezikofer told news channel NTV, according to AFP.
Germany has not evaded the sweeping incidents of terrorism that have plagued the global population in the last few years. Sunday’s shooting comes just days after a knife-wielding man shouting “Alluha akbar” killed one and injured four others in a stabbing spree at a supermarket in Hamburg. The suspect was a 26-year-old Palestinian migrant, whose actions led to the death of a 50-year-old man. He was ordered to be deported after his asylum application was rejected, but German officials deemed him not a threat.
Sunday’s assailant, the 34-year-old Iraqi national, was reported dead at the scene after engaging in a shootout with police.
Video of the scene in the aftermath can be seen below, though the commentary is in German:
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