In front of the room, the nurse's sympathy is almost too much at some point. So many friends and acquaintances have come to the St. Vincenz Hospital that she has to keep things tidy: chairs are lined up like in a waiting room. "You're welcome to wait here, but the young man needs at least an hour's rest now," she says. Behind the door is one of the victims who survived the previous night's attack. With a bullet wound in the shoulder.
One of the few people who are allowed into the room is Piter. The 18-year-old is unharmed, got luck. He was also in the bistro in the Hanau district of Kesselstadt last night, the second crime scene where Tobias R. targeted people with a migration background. He came from boxing training and just wanted to eat something. "When we heard the shots, we threw ourselves behind the bar, lying on top of each other, the perpetrator came in and shot immediately. He didn't say a word," reports Piter. And disappears into his friend's sick room.
Here on the second floor of the local clinic there is an exceptional situation even for hospital conditions. Outside, on the other hand, it seems as if people are only slowly realizing what happened last night. The other crime scene is just a few hundred meters away: a shisha bar, on Heumarkt, the red-light district of Hanau, just a few steps away from a proper shopping street.
It is terrifying, almost ghostly, how cool everything goes here in the morning. A little more than twelve hours earlier, a 43-year-old killed several people here, a few passers-by are walking on the fluttering tape of the police station, hardly taking a look over to the crime scene. If it weren't for the countless police officers and camera teams who are protecting themselves from the drizzle under each canopy, one would think that this was just a construction site.
It only changes in the course of the day, it is as if something is slowly loosening up. Eleven - that is the number with which most people start the conversation at noon. Eleven people were killed during the night from Wednesday to Thursday, including the attacker and his mother. But that's all that most people can understand here.
"I'm afraid," says a woman in her 60s. So far, something like this has always been so far away, and now it has happened on your own doorstep. "So what" - this is a terrorist attack by a regional offender who shot his victims according to what is known to date, driven by a mixture of racist motives, conspiracy theories and confused fantasies. Yes, racism has increased in recent years, the woman says. At night she no longer wanted to walk through Hanau alone. Because of the neo-Nazis? "No, because of the foreigners," she says. She does not notice that this is exactly the racism that she identified as an evil.
A little apart from the camera teams, on the edge of a Hanau industrial area in a Kurdish cultural center, some relatives of the victims meet to mourn together. Here the parking lot is completely overcrowded by noon. Abdullah Unvar stands in front of the one-story bright orange building with a flat roof. He learned early in the morning that his cousin was among those killed.
As soon as he heard about the gunshots last night, the family was worried, he says. His 23-year-old cousin did not answer the news, did not answer the phone. At the scene of the crime, the relatives would have learned that he was probably one of the victims, but one would have hoped further. Later the police informed the assembled relatives and read a list of names. "I was hoping that his name wouldn't come up," he says. And then he fell.