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Husband and wife killed in Lübeck shooting

UPDATE: Two people were killed in an apparent drive-by shooting outside their home in a leafy suburb of the northern city of Lübeck on Wednesday afternoon. Hours later the suspected shooter, reportedly the ex-husband of one of the victims, was found dead in a car.

Husband and wife killed in Lübeck shooting
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A 58-year-old woman and a 66-year-old man were shot at around 2.35pm in Groß-Steinrade, a suburb of Lübeck, police said.

The victims, reportedly a married couple, both died of their injuries a short while later. 

After firing the shots outside the couple's home, the murder suspect fled in a vehicle.

The crime scene was cordoned off, while prosecutors, homicide and forensic officers investigated.

Police then searched for the shooter using a helicopter and at 5pm a white Renault Kangoo van was found on a dirt road in the nearby village of Badendorf.

Inside the van, officers found the body of a 59-year-old man from Thuringia. He died with a gunshot wound to the head. The weapon was found on him, police said.

“At the moment investigators believe that there is a link [between the shootings],” police said in a statement.

The Lübecker Nachrichten reported that the 59-year-old was the ex-husband of the woman who was shot. Investigations are continuing.

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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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