The man suspected of killing two US Air Force members at the Frankfurt airport (photo), one of Europe’s busiest, hasn’t shot more because of a stuck bullet casing, said German prosecutor.
Following the shooting at the Frankfurt airport on Wednesday, Arid Uka, the 21-year-old suspect, has been charged with two counts of murder, and three counts of attempted murder.
Mr Uka had “held the pistol directly in front of a third soldier’s head and pulled the trigger twice in order to kill him”, said Rainer Griesbaum, the public prosecutor.
“But, the pistol didn’t fire, as one bullet casing got stuck in the mechanism of the gun, so this soldier wasn’t injured.”
According to Mr Griesbaum the gun had jammed with six bullets still in the magazine.
“As the accused realised his gun was no longer working, he escaped … but was followed by the soldier, and then overpowered and apprehended by both him and federal police officers”.
Although they are working together with US authorities, the prosecutors have taken over the investigation into the shooting.
About to be deployed
Immediately after the shooting the man was taken into custody immediately and on Thursday he arrived at a federal court in Karlsruhe under heavy guard.
A top German security official said that the man had confessed to the shootings, reported the AP news agency.
Relatives in Kosovo identified the suspect as Arid Uka. His family is originally from the northern town of Mitrovica, but he was born and educated in Germany, said his relatives.
The shooting was condemned as a “terrible incident” by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and as an “outrageous act” by US president Barack Obama.
The victims are part of a group of about a dozen members of an air force military police and base security unit. The US air force said they had just arrived from England and were waiting outside Terminal 2 of the airport to be driven to nearby Ramstein Air Base.
The airmen were on their way to an overseas deployment to Afghanistan, Iraq or elsewhere, said Todd Vician, a Pentagon spokesman.
On Thursday, the US embassy in Kosovo’s capital, Pristina, released a statement saying that “the act of a single individual will in no way affect the deep and abiding friendship between our two countries”.