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Town in shock as tax worker shot dead

A tax office worker in the Schleswig-Holstein town of Rendsburg died in hospital after being shot on Monday morning.

Town in shock as tax worker shot dead
DPA

The perpetrator, a tax advisor in his mid-50s who was already in dispute with the tax authorities, entered the office at around 10am and asked to see the manager.

In mid-conversation with the worker the man took out his gun and shot his victim, who later died in hospital due to his injury. How many shots were fired is still not known.

The tax office was locked and forensic scientists and investigators have begun working in the building.

The shooter is still in detention but was examined in hospital for a light injury.

"I am shocked that violence has burst into the life of a peaceful person," First Minister of Schleswig-Holstein Torsten Albig said.

 "My thoughts are with his family."

Schleswig-Holstein Finance Minister Monika Heinold visited the scene in Rendsburg to find out what happened.

"We are all very affected in the state government," a visibly upset Heinold told journalists.

There have been several cases of violence against government workers in Germany in recent years, although only occasionally have people been killed.

In April 2013 a pensioner shot the district administrator of Hameln-Pyrmont in Lower Saxony before shooting himself after years of judicial disputes.

Stabbings occurred in job centres in Neuss in the Lower Rhine and Frankfurt in 2011 and 2012.

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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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