German authorities have launched an investigation after an 81-year-old man allegedly shot dead a 16-year-old boy following a noise complaint.
Reports said that an elderly Italian, Giuseppe Del B, shot Sinan F around 7:30 am on Wednesday in front of an apartment building they lived in. He then tried to shoot the boy’s mother and missed before turning the gun on himself. He has suffered serious injuries and his condition remains critical.
German outlet Bild identified the suspect and the victim, as well as the fact that Giuseppe shot Sinan three times, and T-Online reported that he struck Sinan in the head with one shot.
Alexander Rettemeyer, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office in Osnabrück, said the victim and the suspect “knew each other” and it was unclear whether Giuseppe had a license for the weapon, which he classified as a “small-caliber pistol”.
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T-Online reported that Rietmeyer also referred to Giuseppe as a “Marksman” and that his weapon was a “typical marksman weapon”.
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Bild had previously reported that the incident was likely caused by an “escalation” of a long-standing dispute between the two, who were neighbors. Residents reported that the elderly man had repeatedly complained about noise and regularly argued with Sinan’s family.
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Rietmeyer said the ultimate motive for the shooting is unclear. Investigators have followed up with interviews of witnesses and other neighbors as they continue to examine the crime scene.
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The building sits across the street from a school. The students have been kept away from the crime scene while the police continue their investigation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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