Eight people, including the gunman, were killed in a shooting at a center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hamburg on Thursday night, German police said. Several people were injured, some of them seriously.
According to the Hamburg police, the attacker opened fire on the participants of the event organized by the community of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The motive for the attack is still unknown, the police are expected to announce more details at today’s press conference.
Meanwhile, the newspaper Spiegel reports that the shooter was a former member of Jehovah’s Witnesses, said to be around 30 years old, and he fired with a gun.
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.
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.