Two “courageous” mechanics overpowered a gunman suspected of killing two elderly victims in drive-by shootings in southern Germany on Friday.

The two workers managed to wrestle the suspect to the ground when he pulled over at the petrol station after allegedly gunning down an 82-year-old woman and a male cyclist, 72.

Police said they do not yet know the motive for the attacks, which took place around 10am local time when the 47-year-old gunman, named only as Bernd G. under German privacy laws, ​ allegedly ​ fired at his victims from a silver Mercedes convertible in Leutershausen in the Ansbach district in northern Bavaria.

An eyewitness said the 82-year-old woman, who would have celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary this year, stood up from a bench and exchanged a few words with the driver. As she turned away to sit back down, the suspect allegedly shot her in the back before speeding off, according reports in the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

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