Police in Hanau (Main-Kinzig-Kreis district) are searching for the suspected gunman or gunmen involved in two shootings in the city on the night (local time) of Wednesday, February 19. According to initial reports, the first incident occurred at a bar in downtown Hanau, then the perpetrators drove to another bar in the Kesselstadt neighborhood and opened fire on another group of individuals. At least eight people were killed and another five wounded in the shootings. A police investigation is ongoing into the incident and details are still emerging.
A heightened police presence and localized traffic disruptions are anticipated around both shooting sites and more generally throughout Hanau.
Individuals in Hanau are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the area of the shootings, report any suspicious objects or behavior to the police, and obey all instructions issued by the local authorities.