Shots are fired in the middle of a supermarket, killing a woman and a man. Many questions about the case remain unanswered.

After the deadly shots in a grocery store in Schwalmstadt, North Hesse, the police are investigating the background to the crime.

According to previous knowledge, a 58-year-old man shot and killed a 53-year-old woman at lunchtime on Tuesday before turning the gun on himself. The background to the case is still completely unclear.

The police and the public prosecutor’s office did not want to give any details on Tuesday afternoon about the relationship between the alleged perpetrator and the victim and what their origins were. The exact course of events was initially not known. “After the first investigations into the course of the crime, there is currently no evidence of the involvement of third parties,” they explained.

The investigators referred to ongoing witness interviews and the search for clues at the crime scene. Officers searched the man’s home on Tuesday.

The North Hessian daily newspaper “Hessische/Niedersächsische Allgemeine” quoted an alleged eyewitness, according to which the woman in the discount store was initially followed by the man and called loudly for help. A police spokesman did not provide any information on request.

The food market with attached bakery is located in the middle of the Treysa district, right next to a shopping center and close to the train station. Schwalmstadt is about halfway between Marburg and Kassel.