Two killed in German court shooting (Lead)

April 7th, 2009 - 6:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Landshut (Germany), April 7 (DPA) A man opened fire in a German court building Tuesday, killing a woman and wounding at least four people before turning his gun on himself, police said.
A police spokesman said the gunman, aged 60, fired shots in different rooms of the district court in Landshut, 70 km north-east of the Bavarian capital Munich.

Witnesses said the man was in the spectator’s gallery in one of the courtrooms when he suddenly stood up and began shooting at around 10.15 a.m. (0815 GMT).

Police were unable to confirm media reports the incident occurred while the court was hearing a civil case about an inheritance dispute, involving the man’s sister.

Police originally said two people died, then corrected the figure to one before saying later there were two fatalities.

The courthouse was evacuated after the shooting and the area around the building sealed off.

The shooting happened less than a month after a teenager went on the rampage in and around his former school in Winnenden, south-west Germany, killing 15 people.

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