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The district court in Celle
The shooting took place mid-morning at the courtImage: Julian Stratenschulte/dpa/picture alliance

Germany: Man shoots woman then himself in court

June 3, 2021

A man shot a woman and then himself on the grounds of a district court in northern Germany. The incident is under investigation.


A man fatally shot a woman and then himself on Thursday on the grounds of the district court of the German city of Celle, just north of Hanover, a police spokeswoman said.

The circumstances surrounding the crime are now being investigated, spokeswoman Birgit Insinger said.

Celle's local newspaper, the Cellesche Zeitung, reported that a legal dispute was behind the crime.

"That could have been so. But it is still part of the investigations," said Insinger. 

She could not confirm whether there was a relationship between the perpetrator, 78, and the victim, 49.

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Legal dispute backdrop

The two appeared at the district court over an eviction case, the magazine Legal Tribune Online reported. The man had been the tenant, and the woman the landlady of the flat.

Forensics in Celle, Germany
Forensics were on the scene at the local court after a man shot a woman and then himselfImage: Julian Stratenschulte/dpa/picture alliance

Police said the perpetrator fired the fatal shots between 10:00 and 10:20 Thursday morning.

"Attention, we have a police situation on Mühlenstraße. We are on site. Please refrain from asking questions for the time being," Celle police said on Twitter, naming the street where the district court (Amtsgericht Celle) is located. 

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