Incident Summary:

02/19/2020: An assailant opened fire on his mother in their home in Hanau, Hesse, Germany. The victim was killed and the assailant was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. This was one of three coordinated attacks in Hanau on the same day. Tobias Rathjen, an anti-immigrant extremist, claimed responsibility for the incidents through a manifesto in which he denounced migrants and called for the "annihilation" of people from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Helmholtzstrasse area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian
Nationality of Target Germany
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A Glock 17 9-mm pistol was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Immigrant extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Report: German police believe racism not main motive for Hanau attack," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, March 30, 2020.
"Hanau: 'Several dead' in mass shooting in Germany," BBC, February 19, 2020.
"Germany: Hanau shootings: What we know about the victims," Asia News Monitor, February 21, 2020.