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Airgun sniper caught

Police have identified a suspected airgun sniper who shot and injured fans celebrating Germany's World Cup win over England last Sunday night.

Airgun sniper caught
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The man, who was questioned Thursday before being arrested on Friday, denied that he was responsible, but police say they are sure they have caught the right man.

According to the police, the 31-year-old aimed an air rifle with a telescopic sight at a parade of cars celebrating the football victory in the German coastal town of Bremerhaven.

A 19-year-old man was hit in the shoulder, a 21-year-old woman was hit in the hand, and had to be operated on in the same evening, and a 46-year-old woman reported on Monday afternoon that she had been hit in the stomach.

A ten-man team investigated the incident, and had been following the man for several days, until the breakthrough came during his questioning and a search of the man’s apartment, from where he is said to have fired the shots.

No details were revealed about the man’s motives.

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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