After three people were killed during a shooting at an ice cream parlour (photo, from bbc.co.uk) in a small town in Germany, two men have been placed in custody, said prosecutors.
On Tuesday evening, while they were seated at a table on the terrace of the Eisdiele De Rocco, in the pedestrianised centre of Ruesselsheim, near Frankfurt, they were gunned down.
“According to witness accounts the perpetrators were male, there were several of them and they were armed”, said Marc Wuthe, a police spokesman.
He added that a knife was also involved, according to what people at the scene of the attack had reported.
Witnesses have been cited on the website of Der Spiegel, the weekly news magazine, as saying that, four men had opened fire on the three others after a fist fight.
Two of the men were killed, along with a woman who worked at an adjacent Greek restaurant and was hit in the stomach by a stray bullet. As she was waiting for an ambulance to arrive, she died in the arms of her husband, media reports said.
One of the injured men pulled the woman to the ground before being shot by one of the perpetrators, who then fled.
Seriously injured, the third man remains in hospital.
With some 200 officers, sniffer dogs and a helicopter, police sealed off the area and began a search for the area, located in the heavily populated Rhine-Main area.
Two men were arrested, while the man in hospital has also been made a suspect, said prosecutors in the nearby town of Darmstadt on Wednesday.
Unpaid betting debts, a family feud or a dispute over protection money are some of the possible motives for the murders, German media has reported.