A Muslim gunman opened fire in a crowded hair salon leaving one person with life threatening injuries before barricading himself into a nearby apartment, taking a woman hostage.

Heavily armed police arrived at the scene and discovered one man was already dead and a woman was critically injured – she has been airlifted to hospital.

The shooter, understood to be a 27-year-old Turkish man, is believed to have fired indiscriminately into the bustling hairdressers’ shop in Dueren, Germany.

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Witnesses report the gunman entered the salon, shouted at a woman and then opened fire, leading regional police spokesperson Ulrich Braun to say: “This may be a crime of passions.”

German police say the attacker fled the scene and holed himself up in a nearby apartment, taking at least one person hostage.

Emergency services swarmed on the scene and stormed the building where they found one man, believed to be the shooter, dead.

Another woman was severely injured and is currently in intensive care at a nearby hospital.

 

Another Muslim was eliminated in a separate incident 60 miles away earlier yesterday.

The incident took place in Hagen, located about, German N-TV reports.

A Muslim armed “with a sword or a long knife” was shot dead by police after refusing to drop his weapon.