Tuesday, May 18, 1999 Published at 16:33 GMT 17:33 UK
Cross-border murder suspect found dead
Two died in a hail of bullets at Xanadu disco
The body of a man suspected of embarking on a killing spree, which left five people dead in France and Germany, has been found in a hotel in Luxembourg where he apparently killed himself.
GŁnter Hermann Ewen, a 36-year-old German convicted rapist, was the suspect at the centre of a huge police operation in northern France.
A 48-hour manhunt with helicopters and hundreds of police began on Sunday, after shots were fired into a crowd at the Xanadu disco in Dillingen in southwest Germany.
The trail of bloodshed led from the disco to a nearby home where a Frenchman and his British wife were killed, and their 11-year-old daughter seriously wounded by shots from a pump-action shotgun.
Fleeing across the border to Sierck-les-Bains, the gunman shot dead a 39-year-old Frenchman, who had tried to stop the gunman from stealing his car.
Another driver, who had earlier refused to give up his car to the gunman, was wounded.
French and German police linked the Dillingen killings to the murder in France.
Police found two cars abandoned along the way, but there were no other traces of the suspect.
Fear gripped villagers living around the eastern French border, with some people reportedly barricading themselves in their homes.
A state prosecutor in the German border town of Saarbruecken said the suspect may have been motivated by revenge in at least two of the murders.