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Germany: Man wounded in early-morning scuffle in Cologne

  • Police search for traces  at the location of  an incident in  Cologne, Germany, Monday Aug. 15, 2016.  Police say one man has been seriously wounded in an early-morning scuffle in the western German city of Cologne. Police spokeswoman Cathrine Maus said a number of callers reported the incident involving several people in downtown Cologne before 4 a.m. She said a man was admitted to the hospital with serious injuries, and there was no immediate information on the nature of his injuries. (Marius Becker/dpa via AP)

    Police search for traces at the location of an incident in Cologne, Germany, Monday Aug. 15, 2016. Police say one man has been seriously wounded in an early-morning scuffle in the western German city of Cologne. Police spokeswoman Cathrine Maus said a number of callers reported the incident involving several people in downtown Cologne before 4 a.m. She said a man was admitted to the hospital with serious injuries, and there was no immediate information on the nature of his injuries. (Marius Becker/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Policewomen standing at the location of an  incident in  Cologne, Germany, Monday Aug. 15, 2016.  Police say one man has been seriously wounded in an early-morning scuffle in the western German city of Cologne. Police spokeswoman Cathrine Maus said a number of callers reported the incident involving several people in downtown Cologne before 4 a.m. She said a man was admitted to the hospital with serious injuries, and there was no immediate information on the nature of his injuries. (Marius Becker/dpa via AP)

    Policewomen standing at the location of an incident in Cologne, Germany, Monday Aug. 15, 2016. Police say one man has been seriously wounded in an early-morning scuffle in the western German city of Cologne. Police spokeswoman Cathrine Maus said a number of callers reported the incident involving several people in downtown Cologne before 4 a.m. She said a man was admitted to the hospital with serious injuries, and there was no immediate information on the nature of his injuries. (Marius Becker/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

An early-morning scuffle in the western German city of Cologne left a man seriously wounded Monday, and police have taken some bar patrons in for questioning.

A number of callers reported a street disturbance involving several people in downtown Cologne shortly before 4:00 local time (0200 GMT), police said in a statement.

Officers found shattered glass and a substance that looked like blood at the scene. They also found several bullet casings nearby. Investigators are working to determine if the casings are linked to the incident, police said.

Authorities said they had no indication the skirmish was terror-related.

Witnesses reported seeing several vehicles hastily leaving the street where the scuffle happened, police said. Officers stopped an SUV driven by a 34-year-old man, who was taken to a hospital with stabbing and head injuries.

Shortly afterward, police took several people from a bar in another part of the city in for questioning.