WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!
- Six people have been killed and at least seven others seriously hurt in a mass shooting near a building used by Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hamburg, Germany.
- Hamburg police announced that a dead body found at the scene “could be a perpetrator”.
- Police are currently investigating and have not released any information on a possible motive.
Six people have been killed and at least seven others seriously injured in a mass shooting that took place near a building used by Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hamburg, Germany. The shooting occurred in the Alsterdorf district on Deelböge Street in the Gros Borstel district.
The police responded to emergency calls at approximately 9 pm local time and arrived at the scene quickly. Upon their arrival, they heard a shot from an upper floor and found a person upstairs who may have been a shooter.
#Aktuell kommt es in #Alsterdorf zu einem größeren Polizeieinsatz. Wir prüfen derzeit die Hintergründe und informieren hier in Kürze über nähere Erkenntnisse. pic.twitter.com/ISit1BZJ5t— Polizei Hamburg (@PolizeiHamburg) March 9, 2023
After evacuating the building, authorities found a lifeless person in a community center who they believe could be a perpetrator. In order to rule out the involvement of other perpetrators, they conducted extensive searches and checks.
Investigators have indications that a perpetrator may have been in the building and may be among the dead. Hamburg Police have not released any information on a possible motive for the shooting, and the background of the incident is still unclear.
Emergency services quickly evacuated the building and took people, including one pregnant woman, to safety. Police have reported that they did not have to use their firearms during the incident.
Witnesses have described the scene as containing four firing periods, with several shots fired approximately 20 seconds to one minute apart. The center where the shooting took place has always been well attended, with a mix of families, older people, and younger people.