Six dead and several injured after shooting in south-west Germany

Ellen Manning
24 January 2020, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Rot Am See: After shots were fired in Rot am See in northeastern Baden-Wuerttemberg, a police car is standing behind a barrier at a house. Several people are said to have been killed here. A suspect has been arrested, the police said. Photo: Marijan Murat/dpa (Photo by Marijan Murat/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Police were called to a shooting in the town of Rot am See in Germany on Friday (Picture: Marijan Murat/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Six people have been killed and several injured in a shooting in Germany, according to reports.

Police confirmed that several people had been injured and some killed in the shooting in Rot am See in south-west Germany, just after midday, but have not confirmed the number of fatalities.

The AFP news agency reported that six people had died and two were injured.

24 January 2020, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Rot Am See: After shots were fired in Rot am See in northeastern Baden-Wuerttemberg, police forensics staff are standing by a house. Several people are said to have been killed here. A suspect has been arrested, the police said. Photo: Sebastian Gollnow/dpa (Photo by Sebastian Gollnow/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Six people are believed to have been killed and two wounded after the shooting (Picture: Sebastian Gollnow/picture alliance via Getty Images)
24 January 2020, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Rot Am See: After shots were fired in Rot am See in the north-east of Baden-Württemberg, forensics staff came out of a house. Several people are said to have been killed here. A suspect has been arrested, the police said. Photo: Sebastian Gollnow/dpa (Photo by Sebastian Gollnow/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Police said a suspect had been arrested and there were no suspicions that anyone else was involved (Picture: Sebastian Gollnow/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Aalen Police said that a suspect had been arrested after the shooting and there was no suggestion anyone else was involved.

According to some reports, officials described the incident as being connected to a "personal relationship".

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“According to my information, there were six dead and several injured,” police spokesman Rudolf Biehlmaier told German broadcaster n-tv.

“We are working on the assumption that this was a single attacker,” he said.

A policeman secures the area close to a house where a shooter, believed to have a personal motive, launched an assault on January 24, 2020 in the town of Rot am See in southwestern Germany. - Six people have been killed and two seriously injured in the shooting, police said. A man with a personal connection to the victims had been arrested, a police spokesman told AFP. (Photo by Marijan Murat / DPA / AFP) / Germany OUT (Photo by MARIJAN MURAT/DPA/AFP via Getty Images)
The shooter is believed to have known the victims (Picture: MARIJAN MURAT/DPA/AFP via Getty Images)
map showing location of Rot Am see
map showing location of Rot Am see

Mr Biehlmaier said the initial information suggested the suspect, a German citizen, and one or more of the victims knew each other.

He said some of the victims were from the same family.

Rot am See is about 170km (105 miles) north west of Munich.

Mass shootings are relatively rare in Germany.

The country was left in shock last year after a heavily armed assailant tried to force his way into a synagogue in Halle then shot two people to death nearby in an attack that was livestreamed on a popular gaming site.

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