Police investigators in Zurich have suspended a hunt for the suspected gunman behind an attack on a mosque frequented by Somali migrants after the discovery of a body in the vicinity that is believed to be that of the assailant, officials said Tuesday.
Cantonal (state) police in Switzerland's largest city said Tuesday on Twitter that "we are working on the assumption that the dead person who was found is the culprit in the shooting at the Islamic Center in Zurich." A news conference was scheduled for later in the day.
Police officials said the search was suspended, but the investigation was continuing into the incident, in which three people were injured Monday after a gunman dressed in dark clothes stormed the mosque's prayer hall and opened fire on worshippers, wounding three people before fleeing.
Shortly after the shooting, police found the corpse close to nearby Gessner bridge, next to the neighborhood of trendy cafes and the city's red-light district where the mosque is located. A police spokesman has said that officials were exploring a possible connection between the mosque shooting and the body.
Authorities weren't considering the attack as terrorism, police spokesman Marco Bisa said. The three people injured, aged 30, 35 and 56, were hospitalized, he said, without specifying their nationalities.