Germany shooting – Man and woman dead as cops hunt gunman on the loose who opened fire in town centre

A MANHUNT is underway after a man a woman were shot dead in Germany today.

Police commandos swarmed on the town of Espelkamp, around 50 miles from Hanover, searching for the gunman who is said to be still on the loose.

German newspaper Bild initially cited police as saying that the situation appeared to be a case of someone “running amok” in the centre of the western town of Espelkamp.

Police sealed off the town centre, firearms officers are scouring the streets for the perpetrator who is assumed to be armed.

Heavily-armed police commandos were at the scene, with initial reports saying one person had been killed.

Later police confirmedthat a second person had died.

There are reportedly two crime scenes, with one person said to have been shot in front of a house, the other in a side street near the house, reports German broadcaster, Westdeutscher Rundfunk.

The police initially assumed that the situation was "amok", but this has not been confirmed as of yet.

More to follow.

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