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Police officers stand in front of a house in Espelkamp, Germany, on June 17, 2021.Lino Mirgeler/The Associated Press

Two people were killed in a shooting in western Germany on Thursday, police said. The suspected perpetrator was arrested a few hours later.

The incident took place in Espelkamp, a town of about 26,000 near the city of Bielefeld.

Officers found the body of a 48-year-old man, and a seriously wounded woman who died at the scene.

A 52-year-old local man who was suspected to be the perpetrator was arrested in nearby Lavelsloh about six hours after the shooting. Police said he fell during the arrest and was slightly injured.

The victims were shot in a house and in a street outside, police spokeswoman Hella Christoph told n-tv television.

Police said in a statement after the arrest that the motive was unclear and the investigation was ongoing.

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