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Second shooting since Christmas in Berlin-Wedding

A suspect is on the run after wounding another man with a gun on Sunday night, police said on Monday.

Second shooting since Christmas in Berlin-Wedding
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Police found a man lying on the ground with multiple wounds in Tromsöer Straße at around 6:40 pm on Sunday after being called to the scene by local people reporting a confrontation, they said in a statement.

He had been fighting with another man when one of them pulled out a gun and shot the other in thigh and foot, local paper BZ reported.

The perpetrator then escaped in the direction of Residenzstraße. Detectives are still investigating the background and possible motives for the crime as they seek to find the suspect.

Meanwhile, the victim underwent emergency surgery at the nearby Virchow clinic soon after the incident. His injuries are not life-threatening. Police are waiting for him to recover sufficiently to give a statement on the events.

The attack followed a similar incident in the same district on December 26th, when a man was wounded in a fight between him and three others armed with a gun.

A week and a half later, the police said they had seven suspects in the crime. They believe the assault resulted from a family feud.

Despite these recent events, the number of cases of assault in Berlin involving firearms has been on the decline.

According to the most recent police crime statistics, the number of shots fired during crimes fell by roughly 40% between 2005 and 2014.

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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.

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