Attacker injures five people, one of them seriously, in Schaffhausen town


SCHAFFHAUSEN – Police are on the manhunt for a man wielding a chainsaw who attacked five people in this northern Switzerland town on Monday.

One of those injured is in serious condition.

Police warned the public that the man is “dangerous” and believe that the attack is not terrorism-related.

Shauffhausen public prosecutor Peter Sticher identified the attacker as Franz Wrousis, 51, a Swiss national with no permanent address and lives in a forest. Sticher said Wrousis is 6 feet 2 inches tall and bald white man.

Police, for their part, described Wrousis as a man of “untidy appearance.”

According to Sticher, Wrousis had been charged in 2014 and last year for possession of illegal weapons but wasn’t sentenced to prison.

Sticher said Wrousis first attacked people in the insurance office CSS.

CSS spokeswoman Christina Wettstein said Wrousis has health insurance with the company.

Wettstein also said security guards are being assigned to CSS offices in the region out of concern that Wrousis might go to one of its other offices and stage another attack.

“The suspect targeted our company, he wanted to harm our employees. But we cannot say exactly what the motive was. All we know is he wanted to harm our employees,” Wettstein told CNN.

Meanwhile, Swiss police have sought the public’s help in finding Wrousis and they released a photo of the attacker taken before the incident. GAC/Expat Media


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