At the opening day of a fair in the German city of Lüdenscheid, individuals from a group of six men who were described as “foreign-looking” opened fire, killing one man.
The man reportedly shot to death was a 40-year-old individual who was uninvolved in the initial dispute. The victim was transported to the hospital, but despite efforts to save his life, the man was declared dead.
The incident began as a dispute between a group of young men of “Southern appearance” and a 16-year-old at the traditional Steinert festival on Saturday evening. The attackers surround the youth, and a scuffle ensued. Although the situation calmed down, the group met the teenager again half an hour later, but this time the teenager’s father was present.
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The 52-year-old confronted the attackers, causing the group of foreigners to run away, with the father and son in pursuit. During the chase, the migrants shot at the father and son with two guns as they tried to escape. The father and son were not hit, but a stray bullet hit the 40-year-old man from Gummersbach who is just leaving the fair.
The armed men fled to a residential area and have not been arrested yet. The police are looking for six men with ages ranging from 16 to 20-year-old men with a “southern appearance.” Four of them wore all dark clothing, one a light gray jogging suit, the sixth a white t-shirt.
Only three weeks earlier, migrants stabbed and murdered a man at a similar type of fair event in Berlin, which was attributed to clan violence.
Migrant crime has plagued Germany, with foreigners representing a significantly disproportionate share of violent crimes and sexual assault compared to their population.