The unemployed man killed a bailiff and locksmith who tried to evict him from his flat, as well as the new owner. Police found the man’s 55-year-old partner dead in bed and said he had shot her as well, Reuters reported.
“Special forces broke into the apartment at 11.48 after smelling something burning and found four dead bodies. One of them was the gunman,” said Karlsruhe police chief Roland Lay.
Investigators described an “execution-like” scene in the three-roomed flat, which had been put up for compulsory sale in April due to payment arrears, suggesting he had planned the killings. He set fire to the carpet before shooting himself.
“There was nothing the police could have done to avoid this tragic and terrible situation,” Gunter Spitz of the local public prosecutors’ office told a news conference.
Police found a shotgun, rifle, two pistols, ammunition and a dummy grenade in the apartment, all of it illegally purchased, said Spitz.