At least seven people were killed and several were injured in a shooting at a Jehovah’s Witnesses hall in Hamburg, Germany.
The shooting took place in the Gross Borstel district, a few kilometers north of the downtown area of Germany’s second-biggest city.
As yet, “there is no reliable information on the motive”, police say.
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Police announced overnight on Twitter that they had discovered a body “in a parish house in Gross Borstel and we believe it could be a perpetrator” of the shooting. “At this point, we assume there was only one shooter,” they said.
The Federal Office for Civil Protection lifted the official danger alert for the attack around 3:00 am local time.
Local media footage showed a big police presence outside the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall, a modern three-story building.
No information on the motive of the shooting in Germany
Police spokesperson Holger Vehren said officers were alerted to the shooting at about 9:15 pm and were on the scene quickly. He said that after officers arrived, they heard a shot from an upper floor and found a person upstairs who may have been a shooter. He said police did not have to use their firearms.
Police had no information on the event that was underway in the building when the shooting took place.
They also had no immediate information on a possible motive. Vehren said that “the background is still completely unclear.”
Hamburg Mayor Peter Tschentscher tweeted that the news was “shocking” and offered his sympathy to the victim’s relatives.
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