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County mayor, gunman die in shooting in NW Germany: report


20:13, April 26, 2013

BERLIN, April 26 (Xinhua) -- A man intruded into a county administration building in northwest German state of Lower Saxony, shooting the county mayor to death, then killed himself on Friday, reported local media.

The shooting happened around 10 a.m. (0900GMT). Local police in the county of Hamelin-Pyrmont confirmed that the county mayor Ruediger Butte was shot dead in his office.

According to local Deister-und-Weserzeitung newspaper, the shooter was an elder man, who took his own life after killing Butte. Three shots were heard by a witness.

The administration building was surrounded by strong police forces and a police press conference was scheduled to be held at 16:00 local time.

The motivation of the shooting remained unclear. There is rumor saying that the shooter is a gun lover. But this information has not been confirmed by the police.

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