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Two dead in Germany after shooting at Mercedes-Benz factory

A Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen, Germany, was the site of a deadly shooting on Thursday.

Police received their first calls reporting the deadly incident around 7:45 a.m. Thursday.

“This morning, shots were fired on the factory premises in Sindelfingen. Two persons were injured, one of whom has since died,” a Stuttgart prosecutor spokesperson said in the aftermath.

The second victim later succumbed to their wounds and died.

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Rescue teams are seen in front of the Factory 56 at the plant of German carmaker Mercedes-Benz in Sindelfingen, southern Germany, after shots were fired at the plant on May 11, 2023. One person was killed and another seriously injured at the factory, police said following the attack, adding that a suspect had been arrested. The second victim was later declared dead. (Photo by THOMAS KIENZLE/AFP via Getty Images)

The suspect is reportedly a 53-year-old male who worked at the sprawling Sindelfingen factory near Stuttgart. 

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Workers assemble S-Class sedans on the assembly line at the Mercedes-Benz plant of Daimler AG in Sindelfingen, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Getty Images)

The factory employs over 35,000 workers and produces a wide range of luxury sedans for Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz said the company was “deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic news” in a press statement.

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SINDELFINGEN Mercedes Benz shooting

Ambulance is seen in front of a Mercedes-Benz Production Plant after a fire shooting on May 11, 2023 in Sindelfingen, Germany. ((Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images))

“Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and all colleagues on site,” the car manufacturer added.

Photos from the scene of the tragedy show German police vehicles and ambulances arriving en masse to the car factory in the aftermath of the shooting.

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Police emergency vehicles are parked at a Mercedes-Benz plant. In the morning, one person was killed and one seriously injured on the factory premises. According to a police spokeswoman, however, there was no danger to the population. (Photo by Julian Rettig/picture alliance via Getty Images)

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The suspected shooter has been taken into custody, but a motive has not been announced at this time.

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