Several people shot dead in German city of Hanau

Police stand guard near the scene of a shooting in central Hanau Germany Thursday Feb. 20 2020

Eight people were killed and five others injured after an unknown attacker opened fire on a shisha bar in the city, according to the reports.

Several people are dead following two shootings in the western German city of Hanau, local media report.

Shortly after midnight, Hanau police said that five people were "seriously injured", but did not mention deaths.

Police arrested one person in connection with the attacks, the Bild newspaper later reported. German officials have said that the suspects fled the city and police are searching for them.

A car covered with rescue blankets stands in front of a bar in Hanau Germany Thursday Feb. 20 2020
A car covered with rescue blankets stands in front of a bar in Hanau Germany Thursday Feb. 20 2020

Police said in a statement the first shooting took place around 10pm and a dark vehicle was seen leaving the scene.

The perpetrator or perpetrators then reportedly went to another part of the city, where shots were fired in another shisha lounge, the broadcaster said.

A large contingent of officers was also deployed in Lamboy after reports of a possible shootout there, but it was not confirmed.

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