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Aug. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Police are investigating a shooting at an ice-cream parlor near Frankfurt last night which left three people dead and one seriously injured.
The victims, three men and a woman, were shot in Bahnhofstrasse in Ruesselsheim about 27 kilometers (17 miles) west of Frankfurt. A spokesman for the prosecutor's office in Darmstadt, Ger Neuber, was unable to confirm reports that the woman, a bystander, was among those killed.
The gunmen fled the scene after the incident, which was reported at 8 p.m. local time. Police initially said all four people had been killed.
Deutsche Presse-Agentur reported that two men were arrested today in connection with the shooting. Police are scheduled to hold a press briefing at 3 p.m. in Wiesbaden, the capital of the state of Hesse.
Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was forced to drop plans to ease Germany's gun-control laws in September last year after complaints from fellow coalition lawmakers that the move threatened public safety.
The previous month, six Italian men were shot dead in the center of Duisburg in western Germany's Ruhr area in what Italian authorities said was part of an internal mafia conflict.
The shootings came as Schaeuble sought to reverse an increase in the minimum age for possessing major firearms to 21 from 18. The legislation was brought in by then Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder after a shooting rampage at a high school in eastern Germany killed 18 people in April 2002.
That attack, carried out by an expelled student, was the worst shooting in modern German history. The lower house of parliament responded by tightening gun-control laws to curb the number of illegal weapons, then estimated to amount to about 20 million.
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