A testimony has emerged from a man who survived one of the two shootings in Hanau, near Frankfurt, Germany. Nine people died in the attacks. The victim told his dire story on the Turkish commercial TV channel, A Haber.
Iskender M. was present in the second shisha bar where the perpetrator – who presumably had extreme right-wing motives – invaded Wednesday evening. He killed five people there.
In the interview from his sickbed, the wounded man tells in tears how he first heard five or six shots outside at the Arena Bar in the Kesselstadt district. Then the shooter rushed inside. “I was eating at that time, I had just ordered,” it sounds. “We were around twelve people. Barely four survived. I was one of them.”
The perpetrator immediately shot the first person he saw, according to Iskender M. “Afterwards, he opened fire on all of us,” he continues. “I ducked behind a wall as he shot in my direction. I was injured on my shoulder.”
Blind panic broke out in the bar, and the man collapsed on the floor. He also found someone else who was also hit. “He had a hole in his neck,” it sounds. “The man said he no longer felt his tongue and could not breathe.”
Then they began to pray together. “He also told others to do that,” Iskender M. continues. “But nobody said anything. Only both of us.”
After the shooting, the perpetrator disappeared. Around 5 a.m., the body of the suspected shooter was found by the police. It was about 43-year-old German Tobias Rathjen. Next to him lay the body of his 72-year-old mother.
According to German media, Rathjen would have left a manifesto in which he made racist statements and claimed the attacks.