Siege as gunman takes hostages after opening fire in packed hairdressers

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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