A 16-year-old boy has died after being shot in the head by an 81-year-old neighbor.
Prosecutors said the teen died of his injuries in the hospital late Wednesday, a day after the shooting took place in the northern German town of Bramsche.
The gunman, an Italian citizen, also shot at the teenager’s mother who had come to the house after hearing gunfire.
He missed and she escaped unharmed.
But he went on to turn the gun on himself and is now in hospital after suffering critical injuries.
According to prosecutors, the man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted manslaughter.
A preliminary investigation revealed that there had been quarrels brewing among different families in the neighborhood, but the motive for the shooting remains unclear.
The suspect was a hobby marksman and firearm enthusiast, prosecutors say, adding that he used a small caliber pistol, described as a “typical marksman weapon”, in the killing.
A police spokeswoman said the victim and alleged perpetrators were airlifted from the scene and taken to nearby hospitals by helicopter.
The suspect and victim were known to each other, prosecutors said, and they had lived in the same house. The spokesperson added that it was likely the pair had a disagreement in the lead up to the incident.
The crime scene was next to a primary school, but police said there was no risk of danger to the schoolchildren or to the wider public.
Any children or teachers who witnessed the incident have been offered support from therapists.
Last week in Minnesota, US, three teens were shot after a gunman opened fire at a wake for a 15-year-old boy who was stabbed to death at school.
At the time, police said a teenage boy was in custody after the violent scenes at a memorial held in memory of Devin Scott.
The funeral reception had been taking place at El Rio Vista Recreation Centre in St Paul’s West Side on Friday when police received reports of a man firing gunshots at the venue from a white sedan at around 8pm.
The sedan was involved in a collision shortly afterwards with another vehicle less than half a mile away from the scene, where two people fled.