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BERLIN — A 47-year-old German gunman shot and killed two people and injured another in a rampage Friday in the southern state of Bavaria before being overpowered by two gas station mechanics, authorities said.

Officials said the victims appeared to have been chosen randomly by the suspect, who spoke "incoherently" after his arrest.

"At the moment there are no indications of any immediate relationships between the culprit and the victims," said Bavaria's interior minister, Joachim Herrmann, calling it an "ugly, incomprehensible crime."

Police were alerted at 10 a.m. that a middle-aged man driving a silver Mercedes had opened fire on a woman in the town of Tiefenthal, 50 kilometers (31 miles) west of Nuremberg. The 82-year-old woman died at the scene.

PHOTO: Police  inspect the scene of a shooting in  Tiefenthal near Ansbach,  Germany where a gunman has killed at least two people Friday July 10,  2015.  A man shot and killed two people in the southern German region of Bavaria on Friday, and fired at two others before being apprehended by authorities, police said.  (Daniel Karmann/dpa via AP)
Police inspect the scene of a shooting in Tiefenthal near Ansbach, Germany where a gunman has killed at least two people Friday July 10, 2015. A man shot and killed two people in the southern German region of Bavaria on Friday, and fired at two others before being apprehended by authorities, police said. (Daniel Karmann/dpa via AP)

Shortly afterward, police say the gunman fatally shot a 72-year-old man riding a bicycle in the nearby town of Rammersdorf. A driver who was threatened by the suspect gave details of the man's car to police.

The suspect then fired at a farmer driving a tractor, who was slightly injured by flying glass, and drove to a gas station in Bad Windsheim, 35 kilometers (20 miles) from the scene of the shootings.

"Shortly before noon, police were informed that staff at an Esso gas station in Bad Windsheim had overpowered the man after he threatened them with a weapon," said Herrmann. "It's thanks to the brave intervention of the gas station staff that the suspect was stopped."

Prosecutors said the suspect, a local man identified only as Bernd G. in line with German privacy rules, showed signs of psychological problems and was being assessed by a psychiatrist. He had no previous convictions, prosecutor Gerhard Neuhof said.

G. had permits to own two firearms but not to carry or use them, authorities said.


David Rising contributed to this report.

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PHOTO: German police officers watch the place where a gunman killed an elderly women  in Tiefenthal, Germany, Friday, July 10, 2015. The gunman also killed a man on a bicycle in nearby Leutershausen. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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