Three dead in Lüneburg Heath: neighborhood dispute in Bienenbüttel had a history

After three bodies were found in the Lower Saxony town of Bienenbüttel, the investigators looked for the background to the crime.

Three dead in Lüneburg Heath: neighborhood dispute in Bienenbüttel had a history

After three bodies were found in the Lower Saxony town of Bienenbüttel, the investigators looked for the background to the crime. The authorities are aware of a history of neighborhood disputes, but the exact motive is still unclear.

After the discovery of three dead people on neighboring properties in the Lower Saxony community of Bienenbüttel, the investigators are looking for the background. According to initial findings, officials assume that a neighborhood dispute between an 85-year-old property owner and the 62-year-old owner of the adjacent property escalated on Friday afternoon. It is very likely that the older man shot the 62-year-old and his 61-year-old wife.

"We assume that the man then directed himself with one of his legal firearms in the apartment building," said police chief Kai Richter. The public prosecutor's office was informed of all the results. There is a history of disputes between the people, but these have not previously escalated.

The police's crime scene work was completed during the night, and the bodies are now being examined by forensic experts. The results of the autopsy are expected to be available in the next few weeks. The exact context of what happened in the residential area in Bargdorf, a district of Bienenbüttel in the Uelzen district, is still unclear. The suspect is a German, he had a hunting license and is said to have owned several weapons. That is why the police, according to their own statements, proceeded with a high degree of caution during the operation in the Lüneburg Heath.

Special police forces from Hamburg moved in with an armored vehicle, as well as a special task force from Hanover. Forensic pathologists from Hamburg came, and forensic technicians in white suits were also on duty. The experts should reconstruct the course of the crime on the extensive property, said the police spokesman. All three of those killed had gunshot wounds. Neighbors were initially assigned emergency shelters. A pastor looked after her pastorally.

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