According to police, eight people were killed and three more seriously hurt in an attack on a Jehovah’s Witness structure in Hamburg.
Although they claimed that the shooting was done by a single gunman, this is not yet confirmed.
Police were alerted at 9.03pm Thursday to reports that shots were fired at the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Kingdom Hall in the Gross Borstel area.
According to police, the gunman opened fire upon entering the building and then fled to the first floor. Officers arrived on the scene and heard shots from the upper floors. They found a body upstairs.
Holger Vehren, spokesperson for the police, stated that none of them fired their guns.
Reporters were told by one witness that they heard shots.
“There were twelve continuous shots.
“Then, we saw how people were taken from us in black bags.”
Hamburg Police posted a tweet saying that they had found a victim in #GrossBorstel and believe he could have been a perpetrator.
“To rule out other perpetrators, checks and extensive searches are conducted.”
The motive behind the attack is not yet known.
Peter Tschentscher, Hamburg Mayor, said that he extended his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims.
“The forces are moving at full speed to pursue perpetrators and clear the background.”
Police also stated that large-scale operations were underway in Alsterdorf, the district next door. This is located in the northern half of the city. This area is located a few kilometers north of Hamburg’s downtown, Germany’s second largest city.
Many police cars were also spotted near the scene, as well as a number of armed officers.