A man and a woman were shot dead on Thursday in the northwestern German town of Espelkamp, local police said.
Officers said they had no immediate information as to the motive, but indicated they did not believe it to be a terror attack.
“As things stand it looks like it was a crime rather than terrorism,” a police spokesperson was quoted by the Reuters news agency as saying.
What do we know so far?
One victim was killed outside an apartment block and the other in a nearby street.
Shots were fired in the center of Espelkamp, some 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of Hanover, just before midday on Thursday.
But the killer remains at large, according to authorities.
A murder investigation has been opened as police continue to look for the suspected perpetrator.
Officials said the suspect is 52 years old and comes Diepenau in Lower Saxony.
The victims are a 48-year-old male and a female about whom no further details were given.
Police downplay threat to public
But the police spokesperson said that there was no clear and present danger to the public.
“The police have the operational situation completely under control. There are numerous officers on duty,” they said.
The town on the northern tip of North Rhine-Westphalia is actually closer to Hanover to the east than to the major cities in NRW like Cologne
The picture newspaper reported earlier that officers from across the region had been mobilized to track down the suspect.
It had also quoted police as saying that the situation appeared to be a case of someone “running amok”.
The tabloid reported that special police commands were attending the scene.
Espelkamp, a town of some 26,000 people, is in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Last year, a gunman killed 10 people in Hanau, a town close to Frankfurt in the state of Hessen, before taking his own life.
jf, ar / msh (AFP, dpa, Reuters)