Police have confirmed at least one person is dead and two are in hospital with serious injuries.
The shooter is believed to have fired indiscriminately into the bustling hairdressers” shop in Dueren, Germany, leaving several people fighting for their lives.
Witnesses report the gunman entered the salon, shouted at a woman and then opened fire.
German police say the attacker fled the scene and holed himself up in an apartment nearby, taking at least one person hostage.
Emergency services swarmed on the scene and are believed to have stormed the building.
It has not yet been confirmed if the shooter is dead or in custody or exactly how many people are wounded.
One person died in a separate shooting 60 miles away earlier today.
The incident took place in Hagen, located about, German N-TV reports.
A man armed “with a sword or a long knife” was shot dead by police after refusing to drop his weapon.
The killer”s motives are not yet clear.
More to follow…