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Gunman Who Killed Four Was French National

Local (Germany) / AFP

5 July 2012

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The gunman who shot dead four hostages during a flat eviction and then killed himself in western Germany was French…

The 55 year-old man, who has not been named, died along with his four victims in Karlsruhe on Wednesday…

[Police] found two pistols, a shotgun, a "gun with a long magazine," a large amount of ammunition and a disabled hand grenade in his flat…

The Tagesspiegel said the bailiff, locksmith and social worker arrived at the flat at 8am to evict the couple…

By the time police got inside he had also shot himself dead.

They also discovered the body of the gunman's girlfriend on the bed, killed by a shot to the chest. It's unclear whether she was already dead when the hostages were taken captive…

The French gunman had robbed a shop armed with a knife in 2003, but had not been considered violent or dangerous by authorities.

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