According to a report by the Süddeutscher Zeitung , WDR and NDR, investigators from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) do not classify the Hanau attack as an act by a right-wing extremist. Tobias R. chose his victims to get as much attention as possible for his conspiracy myth. He did not go through a typical extreme right-wing radicalization. A spokesman for the federal prosecutor's office in Karlsruhe did not want to comment on the report. The police investigation was still ongoing.
Tobias R. had moved through Hanau, Hesse, late in the evening on February 19, and shot nine people with foreign roots. The 43-year-old and his mother were later found dead in their apartment. R. had spread confused thoughts and conspiracy theories as well as racist views on the Internet.
At first there was talk of serious evidence for a racist background
Attorney General Peter Frank had taken over the investigation that night. From the beginning it was said that there was "serious evidence for a racist background of the deed". The Federal Criminal Police Office has commissioned the BKA to carry out further investigations. According to the media, the assessment of R. should flow into a final report that is currently being worked on.
According to the investigators, racism was not the dominant aspect in R.'s worldview, it said. This had increased above all in conspiracy myths about secret services and suffered from paranoia. R. did not notice neighbors and acquaintances through racist statements. There were also no indications that he had dealt with right-wing ideology or with right-wing terrorists and their actions. The perpetrator's manifesto ends with the words: "For all the reasons mentioned, I had no choice but to act as I did to get the necessary attention."
Scientists who dealt with the case, on the other hand, rated many details of the crime as clearly racist. The Jena sociologist, for example, wrote on Twitter: "The choice of victims, the propaganda and messages that go with them are undoubtedly racist."