Gunman opens fire in German town, several believed dead

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Police have secured the area in Rot am See following the shooting [Oliver Stroebel/Reuters]

Six people have died and others wounded following a shooting in southwest Germany, police said on Friday.

The number of deaths was confirmed by local police. A suspect has been arrested, police added, saying there were no indications of any further suspects.

The shooting occurred in the town of Rot am See in the federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, while police in the nearby town of Aalen said the incident appeared to be linked to a “personal relationship”.

“Police are working on the basis that the perpetrator knew the victims and that some were direct relatives,” said Al Jazeera’s Dominic Kane, reporting from Berlin.

“It is believed the perpetrator is in his mid-30s and does not have a migration background. The town of Rot am See has a population of around 5,000 and, according to residents, the street where the shooting took place is normally a very quiet residential street.”

A “major police deployment” was under way in the town approximately 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of Nuremberg, police tweeted.