Siege as gunman takes hostages after opening fire in packed hairdressers


Emergency services are at the scene in Dueren in north west of the country.

It is understood the crazed shooter entered the salon, insulted a woman and suddenly fired a number of bullets.

One man died at the scene, it has been reported, and a woman remains in a critical condition. 

He has now barricaded himself in a nearby apartment with at least one terrified hostage. 

Armed police are about to storm the apartment.

A police spokeswoman said: “Shots were reported. A male suspect is in a building complex in the city centre and he may have taken a hostage.

“We have no contact with him and are not aware of whether he has any demands.”

Meanwhile one person has died in a seperate shooting in Hagen, a town less than 60 miles away.

In July, nine people including seven teenagers died in