Merkel: Many Indications ‘Far-Right Motives’ Behind Deadly Shooting
20 February 2020, 17:54
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday “there are many indications” that the suspect in deadly shootings in the city of Hanau acted on “right-wing, extremist, racist motives”, VOA news reports.
“Racism is a poison,” she said. “Hatred is a poison and this poison exists in our society and it is to blame for already far too many crimes.”
Police say a gunman opened fire at two bars in Hanau, where some immigrants gathered, east of Frankfurt, killing nine people and wounding several others.
A police spokesman said witnesses identified a vehicle used in the shooting, which led investigators to the home of the suspect. Police say two people were found dead at the apartment, one of them the apparent suspect, the other believed to be the shooter’s mother.
Merkel pledged “everything will be done” to investigate the killings and said it is a “sad day” for the country.
“The German government and all state institutions stand for the rights and the dignity of each individual human being in our country. We do not differentiate citizens based on their origin or religion. We will vehemently and decisively confront all those who are trying to divide in Germany,” she said.