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Shooting at German courthouse

A MAN opened fire at a courthouse in Bavaria yesterday, killing a female relative and seriously injuring two other people, German officials said. He then shot himself dead.

The shooting happened during a break in a hearing on an inheritance dispute at the administrative court in Landshut, some 75 kilometers northeast of Munich, police said.

The dispute apparently escalated outside the courtroom and the 60-year-old man, from nearby Dingolfing, pulled out a revolver.

He shot a woman in the head, and she later died of her injuries. Two other people involved in the proceedings, a man and a woman, suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.

The gunman then went into another room and shot himself before emergency services arrived at the scene.

"The police did not fire a single shot," said police spokesman Leonhard Mayer.

Elisabeth Waitzinger, a court spokeswoman, said the gunman and his victim were related, but did not give more precise details.

There was no immediate information on the identity of the shooter or his motive.

Asked how the gunman was able to bring a weapon into the building, Waitzinger said there are no checks on people attending civil cases at the court.


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