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Police raid clinic in connection with man sought in killing

  • Undated photo provided by police in Bochum shows 19-year-old Martin Hesse. Police have launched a manhunt for the man who allegedly killed a 9-year-old boy in the western town of Herne and boasted about the murder on a video posted online. (Polizei Bochum via AP)

    Undated photo provided by police in Bochum shows 19-year-old Martin Hesse. Police have launched a manhunt for the man who allegedly killed a 9-year-old boy in the western town of Herne and boasted about the murder on a video posted online. (Polizei Bochum via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Soft toys, candles and flowers are placed in front of a house in Herne, Germany, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, where the body of a nine-year-old boy was found. German police hunting for a 19-year-old man believed to have slain the neighbor's child say they have not yet found any evidence of a second crime despite an online claim. (Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP)

    Soft toys, candles and flowers are placed in front of a house in Herne, Germany, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, where the body of a nine-year-old boy was found. German police hunting for a 19-year-old man believed to have slain the neighbor's child say they have not yet found any evidence of a second crime despite an online claim. (Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Undertakers lift a stretcher with a bodybag into a hearse in Herne, Germany, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. German police said Tuesday they have launched a manhunt for a 19-year-old man who allegedly killed a 9-year-old boy in the western town of Herne and boasted about the murder on a video posted online. (Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP)

    Undertakers lift a stretcher with a bodybag into a hearse in Herne, Germany, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. German police said Tuesday they have launched a manhunt for a 19-year-old man who allegedly killed a 9-year-old boy in the western town of Herne and boasted about the murder on a video posted online. (Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Police are searching a hospital in western Germany in connection with their hunt for a 19-year-old suspect in the gruesome killing of a 9-year-old boy, pictures of which were posted online.

A witness tipped off police saying he had seen the suspect, Marcel Hesse, at a hospital in Moenchengladbach, which is 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of Herne where the boy was killed Monday night, the dpa news agency reported Thursday.

Authorities have said Hesse had posted boastful pictures of the boy's body, clearly showing stab wounds, on a web forum and may have injured himself in the hand. A nationwide manhunt for Hesse was launched Tuesday.

Police have described Hesse as potentially armed and asked people to not approach him if they see him.