Police are unsure of why a woman opened fire at a German hospital, killing one and injuring a police officer.
A prosecutor says four people have died and a policeman has been seriously wounded in a town in southwestern Germany after an explosion in an apartment building and a shooting in the neighbouring hospital.
Authorities believe the two events, which took place on Sunday, are linked.
Loerrach prosecutor Dieter Inhofer said that two people were found dead in an apartment building that burst into flames after an explosion on Sunday afternoon.
Inhofer said a woman, allegedly armed with a weapon, was seen running from the blast into the neighbouring St. Elisabeth hospital, where she reportedly opened fire, killing a member of the hospital staff.
He said the woman then turned her gun on officers responding to the shooting and was killed in an exchange of gunfire. One police officer was seriously wounded.
"There was a very heavy exchange of gunfire in the hospital that had the potential to be very dangerous, but based on what we know right now ... no one else was injured," Inhofer said.
Joachim Langanky, a police spokesman, said firefighters found the bodies of a girl aged three or four years old and a middle-aged man - not a woman as they first thought - in the burnt-out apartment.
Sumber: Aljazeera.Net, 20/9/2010