The first shooting took place around 10:00 p.m. on February 19 at the Midnight shisha bar in the center of Hanau, a city in western Germany. They then proceeded to the neighborhood of Kesselstadt and opened fire at the second sheesha bar, killing five.
Later that evening, the suspect was found shot dead in his home, along the body of his 72-year old mother.
Walter Lübcke was killed in his home by a suspect who had previously said that Lübcke's pro-refugee stance was a motivating factor in why he committed the murder.
He said federal prosecutors have taken over the investigation of the crime and are treating it as an act of domestic terrorism. A spokesperson said there were "indications of a far-right motive". The Bild tabloid reports he had a firearms licence, and that ammunition and gun magazines were found in his vehicle.
The "attacker had an entire manifesto dedicated to white supremacism and anti-migrant sentiment, and is reported to have a video and a letter where he expressed his political motivations", said Khan.
Hookah lounges are places where people gather to smoke flavored tobacco from Middle Eastern water pipes, and some of the victims appeared to be Turkish. Police say there is no sign there are any other suspects.
A silver Mercedes-Benz covered by what looked like a survival blanket could be seen behind a police cordon and surrounded by officers outside the Arena Bar, with shattered glass on the ground.
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Police said the suspect sped off in a dark vehicle before opening fire at a second venue, Arena Bar and Cafe. My thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims, to whom I want to extend my sincerest condolences.
Can-Luca Frisenna, whose father runs a local shop, said he had come running to the scene after receiving a phone call saying his father and brother may have been caught up in the shooting. Six more people were injured in the attack, one seriously.
Hanau Mayor Claus Kaminsky told Bild it had been a "terrible night", adding: "You could not imagine a worse night".
The attacks targeted bars in Hanau, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Frankfurt, where armed police quickly fanned out and police helicopters roamed the sky looking for those responsible for the bloodshed. "It will of course keep us busy for a long, long time and remain a sad memory".
The attack prompted among leaders of Jewish, Muslim and Kurdish minorities in Germany who maintain that far-right attacks are on the rise. Lawmaker Katja Leikert, a member of Merkel's centre-right party who represents Hanau in the German parliament, tweeted that it was "a real horror scenario for us all".