Police hunt father who ‘shot daughter and wife’

Police launched a nationwide man hunt on Wednesday night for a fugitive who is suspected of killing his daughter and shooting his wife.

Police hunt father who 'shot daughter and wife'
Photo: DPA. A body is taken away following the shooting.

The father-of-three is wanted for shooting his 19-year-old daughter and leaving his wife with life-threatening injuries in the attack in Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia.

A police spokesman told The Local that the man had been known to officers for years. He added that they had been called out to his house to reports of domestic violence, among other offences, many times.

“We are pretty certain that he shot his wife and daughter,” said spokesman Lars Lindemann. He added that every officer in the state had a photo of the man – thought to be around 50-years-old.

Officers arrived shortly after 7.30pm on Wednesday after shots rang out in the family’s third floor flat. There they found his 19-year-old daughter dead and his 45-year-old wife in a critical condition. Two other girls in the home were not hit and have been taken to safety.

“It could be that he has left the area, so we have widened the search to across the country,” Lindemann added.

“There was often trouble here,” said a neighbour. A group of people gathered around the building late on Wednesday evening to light candles. Others were outside as the young woman’s body was carried out of the flat.

Officers believe the man could still be armed. “We have been knocking on the doors of friends and people who know the man, and have a number of leads to work with,” police spokesman Peter Elke said.

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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.

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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.