July 5, 2012- Five people were killed on Wednesday in the city of Karsruhe, Germany. Police, when they stormed the apartment where a man had taken hostages, found four dead bodies. The gunman was found dead as well, and his partner died later at a hospital.
The drama ended three hours after the first gunshots were heard in the suburban apartment. Police said the apartment’s owner, a locksmith and a bailiff, went to the apartment to evict the man and were taken hostage after arriving. A social worker who accompanied them was able to escape.
The killings were described by police as being execution style, and police said the gunman had pre-planned them. Police said the man who took the hostages, barricaded himself in the apartment with a number of illegal weapons. One witness claimed seeing a hand grenade.
The eviction came after the apartment ownership transferred, which used to be a complex where many U.S. soldiers lived who were once stationed in the area. Over 200 police descended on the area including an elite SWAT style team.
Three schools were evacuated that were located nearby. Guns laws in Germany have been tightened following two massacres at schools in 2002 and 2009. Both massacres were carried out with weapons that were legal.