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Biker gang member shot dead in Berlin

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Biker gang member shot dead in Berlin
Photo: DPA
10:59 CEST+02:00
A member of a biker gang has been shot and killed in Berlin's Hohenschönhausen district, police reported on Friday.

“Despite immediate resuscitation attempts, a man in Hohenschönhausen died (Thursday) night after he was shot on the street by unknown perpetrators,” a statement said.

News agency DPA reported that the 33-year-old man dragged himself some 200 metres after being shot before he collapsed.

Residents of Ernst-Barlach-Straße heard several gunshots on the street and called police, who found the unresponsive man shortly thereafter in front of an apartment building.

According to the police statement, the man is known as a member of the biker gang scene, though they refused to speculate whether his death was related to ongoing conflict between the Bandidos and the Hells Angels. Violence between the two groups escalated in recent months, particularly in the north, where police have called territorial fighting “explosive.”

Both a homicide squad and specialists for organised crime from the state's criminal investigation office are on the case. Witnesses told DPA that the crime scene was teeming with officers overnight and the surrounding road was closed for several hours.

Autopsy results for the man are expected late on Friday.

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