Shooting at Mercedes plant kills 2 in Germany


Two people were killed as a gunman opened fire at a Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen, southern Germany, on Thursday morning.

According to the initial investigation, the 53-year-old man shot at the two victims at the plant but was arrested without any resistance.

The Stuttgart public prosecutor’s office and Ludwigsburg police headquarters  made the disclosure in a statement they jointly issued.

The Sindelfingen plant was located some 17km southwest of Stuttgart.

“There is no longer any danger to employees at the plant,’’ police said via Twitter.

The factory building had been evacuated and employees are currently being cared for by the police and the company’s own support staff,’’ said local authorities.

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Police and rescue services were remaining on-site with many forces as the motive for the attack is still being investigated, according to the statement.

Mercedes-Benz confirmed that there was an incident at its Sindelfingen site.

“We are in communication with the authorities and are trying to clarify the facts,’’ the carmaker told German media. (Xinhua/NAN)

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