A gunman killed nine people in two shootings at shisha bars and one at his home in the German town of Hanau on Wednesday night, police have said.
The suspect then killed himself, according to police, after also killing his mother at his home.
Nine people died in the attacks on the two bars at about 10pm on Wednesday night. Five others shot have life-threatening injuries, police said.
Some of those killed were of Turkish origin, a spokesman for the Turkish presidency said. “We expect German authorities to show maximum effort to enlighten this case. Racisim is a collective cancer,” İbrahim Kalın said on Twitter.
The killer was named by police as 43-year-old Tobias R. His surname was not given, in line with German practice.
He shot himself and his 72-year-old mother at home, police said. They also confirmed that he possessed a hunting licence.
The Bild newspaper said he expressed extreme rightwing views in a letter of confession he left behind. The Guardian could not confirm this.
After the murders, a huge hunt was launched for the perpetrator involving dozens of armed police and a helicopter hovering above the commuter town 25km east of Frankfurt.
Police tweeted at about 5am local time that special police force officers had stormed the home of the alleged suspect and found him dead along with another body.
“There are currently no indications of other perpetrators,” police said in a statement.
Police urged any witnesses with mobile phone footage to upload it to a police website, and appealed to them not to post the evidence on social media.
Michael Malkmus, spokesman for south-east Hessen police force, said local people helped the police track down the alleged perpetrator after seeing his car parked outside their block of flats. “We came to the flat after calls from people who had seen a vehicle. We ID’d his number plate and matched it to his flat. We sealed the area and then entered the flat.”
Federal prosecutors said on Thursday they were taking charge of investigating the shooting amid reports that the suspect may have had a far-right motive.
The Federal Prosecutors Office in Karlsruhe, which handles serious crimes, said it planned to hold a news conference later Thursday.
“Thoughts this morning are with the people of Hanau, in whose midst this terrible crime was committed,” the German chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said on Twitter.
“Deep sympathy for the affected families, who are grieving for their dead,” the spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said. “We hope with those wounded that they will soon recover.”
Hanau’s federal MP, Katja Leikert, called the attack a “horrific scenario” in a tweet in which she offered her “heartfelt condolences” to the victims.
The mayor of the town, Claus Kaminsky, said it was the “worst evening imaginable”. Hanau has a population of about 100,000.