Deadly shooting at Hamburg Jehovah’s Witness Hall


Various individuals have been killed in a taking shots at a Jehovah's Observer conference center in the north German city of Hamburg.

According to the police, the gunman was acting alone and is believed to be dead. It is not clear whether the assailant is one of the six or seven people who died, as reported by German media.

According to the police, there is currently "no reliable information on the motive."

The shooting that occurred late on Thursday on Deelböge street in the Gross Borstel district also resulted in a number of injuries.

Police say they found a dead individual at the scene who they accept may have been a culprit and examinations are proceeding.

According to police spokesman Holger Vehren, they received a call about 21:15 local time (21:15 GMT) on Thursday regarding reports of shots being fired inside the building.

Officials who went in tracked down individuals who "may have been truly harmed by guns, some of them lethally", he said.

“The officers went upstairs after hearing a shot coming from the upper part of the building and discovered a person there as well. We do not yet have any indications that any of the criminals fled.

He stated that work at the crime scene continued and that the victims had not yet been identified by police.

Mr. Vehren stated, "All we know is that a number of people have died here, a number of people have been injured, and they have been taken to hospitals."

The shooting's motives were "still completely unclear."

Olaf Scholz, the German Chancellor, expressed his condolences to the victims and their families on Friday morning, calling the shooting a "brutal act of violence."

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Peter Tschentscher, the mayor of Hamburg, has expressed his shock and expressed his sympathy to the victims' families.

Throughout the night, forensic experts have been working at the scene. They can in any case be found in their white suits inside the splendidly lit inside of the gathering house.

When the shooting started around 21:00 local time, it is thought that people were gathered, possibly for a Bible study.

“There were about four bursts of gunfire – several shots were fired in each burst – with gaps lasting roughly 20 seconds to a minute,” a 23-year-old student who lives nearby told the DPA news agency.

She claimed that she could see a person franticly sprinting from the ground floor to the first floor from her window. She continued, "The man was moving quickly and was dressed in dark clothing."

At around 21:00 local time, the federal warning app NINAwarn issued an alert informing the community that "one or more unknown perpetrators shot at people in a church."

Throughout the ongoing police operation, residents of the area were instructed not to leave their homes.

Film showed police accompanying individuals out of the conference center, some to ambulances.

On Twitter, Hamburg's Interior Minister Andy Grote stated that a large number of officers and police special forces had been sent to the scene.

The public has been urged not to make assumptions or spread rumors by the police.

Peruse Too: On November 20, the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Hungary travels to Ghana. Jehovah's Witnesses are a Christian-based religious movement.

The organization was established in the United States by Charles Taze Russell toward the end of the 19th century. New York is where the movement is based.

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