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Germany, shooting breaks out in western town, two dead

Local media reports that police are responding to an active shooter in the small western town of Espelkamp.

Two people have been shot dead and one is in serious condition in the centre of the German town of Espelkamp.

Police no longer believe that the shootings are part of a larger killing spree. It is unclear what relationship any the victims had to the shooter.

According to a police spokesman in nearby Bielefeld, one victim was shot dead inside the home while the other was outside it. The victims of the shootings include a man and a woman.

Local broadcaster Radio Westfalica said police report there are two separate crime scenes.

Police in the town of 20,000 say the perpetrator is on the run. 

A special task force has been set up with a manhunt underway. Police from across the region have been mobilized. 

Espelkamp is in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

More is to be updated….

Source: DW, ar/rt (AFP, dpa, Reuters)