Walter Lübcke the president of the regional council of the central German city of Kassel was found dead in his garden early Sunday morning. He was shot with a short-barreled weapon from a short distance, according to investigators. There was no indication of suicide.
Medical officials attempted to resuscitate Lübcke but their efforts were unsuccessful, authorities said at a press conference on Monday.
Police said they were looking for a perpetrator and investigating in “all directions.” However, there was yet no information about possible suspects or a motive. Authorities also refused to answer most reporters’ questions about the apparent crime, citing ongoing investigation.
Regional news outlet HNA reported that Lübcke had been found with a bullet wound to his head and that police had found no weapon at the scene.
“We are looking for a perpetrator,” said the chief prosecutor, Horst Streiff, after the death of the city administrative chief, Walter Lübcke, who was 65.
Lübcke, of German chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right CDU party, was found at about half past midnight local time on Sunday on the terrace of his home in Wolfhagen, near Kassel, in the central state of Hesse. He had been shot in the head at close range with a handgun, police said.
His CDU party said in a statement that Lübcke, a married father of two, had “never been afraid to speak his mind”.
The German tabloid Bild reported that in 2015, at the time of the migration crisis, Lübcke had spoken out in favour of the rights of refugees, drawing anger from far-right activists.
However, Sabine Thurau, Hesse state criminal police chief, said there was no evidence of a link between those comments and his death, and that a 20-strong investigation team was searching for a possible motive and a suspect.