According to the police, the incident happened around 1:06 p.m. The area around the branch is closed. An eyewitness told HNA that she saw a man chasing a woman through the Aldi store. The woman called for help. The man then shot the fleeing woman and then himself.

A tweet from the police said: “Shortly after 1 p.m. today, shots were apparently fired in a grocery store on Wierastrasse. Two people were found lifeless in the store. The background to the fact is not yet known.” The area has been cordoned off over a large area. “There are currently no indications of dangers for the population or bystanders.” A spokesman for the responsible police department did not want to give any information when asked by FOCUS Online.

The Hessian state parliament president Astrid Wallmann (CDU) reacted to the news during a state parliament session and thanked the emergency services in Schwalmstadt. On behalf of the state parliament, she expressed heartfelt condolences to the relatives. Wallmann informed the MPs between two speeches in the plenary debate that followed the government statement by Prime Minister Boris Rhein (CDU).

Editor’s Note: Because of the media interest, in this case we decided to report on a topic that could be related to suicide. Unfortunately, it can happen that people with a depressive disposition see their view strengthened after reports of this kind that life has little meaning. If this happens to you, please contact the telephone counseling service immediately. You can find help on free hotlines such as 0800-1110111 (Protestant), 0800 1110222 (Catholic) or 0800 3344533.

The Society for Suicide Prevention also provides an overview of the offers on its website

Relatives can find help here: Federal Association of Relatives of Mentally Ill People e.V.