Several people were killed in a shooting at a center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hamburg on Thursday night, including the attacker, police said, without giving a death toll, while German media reported that six or seven people had died.
Police received the first calls for help at around 9pm on Thursday evening after gunfire rang out in a building in the Gross Borstel district in the north of the German port city, a police spokesman at the scene said. The attack took place during an event of Jehovah’s Witnesses, at which the attacker opened fire.
According to media reports, six or seven people were killed and at least eight were injured. The attacker is also said to be dead. The police announced on Twitter that they do not have reliable information about the motive for the attack.
A disaster alert application was used to trigger an extreme danger alert in the area at the time of the attack, which was canceled by civil defense at around 3 a.m.
The Hamburg police announced early on that the police measures in the area are gradually being lifted, and the investigation into the shooting continues. According to forecasts, the competent authorities will present details of the attack and the investigation at a press conference at noon.
Hamburg Mayor Peter Tschentscher expressed his shock at the attack on Twitter. He expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and said that the competent services are working to clarify the situation.