Two people killed in shooting spree as gunman 'runs amok' in German town

The police have started a manhunt for a shooter after two people were shot in West Germany.

A woman and a man were killed in downtown Espelkamp, ​​about 80 kilometers west of Hanover, in an apparent “act of jealousy,” the Wqas reported.

Local reports suggested that one of the victims was shot dead in a house and the other nearby on the street.

The shooting, which occurred shortly before noon local time on Thursday, is being treated as a double homicide.

The German tabloid Bild initially quoted the police as saying that the situation appeared to be a case of “gunmen”.

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However, the newspaper later said it was an “act of jealousy”.

Members of the heavily armed and elite police force were involved in the large-scale search for the shooter.

Police authorities from all over North Rhine-Westphalia were alerted and asked to keep an eye out for the suspect.

Homicide investigators are leading the investigation into the alleged double homicide.

Several streets in the city center were cordoned off.

Initial media reports said one person was dead and a second injured, but police later confirmed that the second person had died.

The police have not yet commented on a possible motive for the shooting.

About 25,000 people live in Espelkamp.

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