On Thursday evening, shots were fired inside a building used by Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hamburg, Germany, resulting in multiple deaths and injuries, according to police.
The shooting took place in the Gross Borstel district, and it is currently unclear how many people were affected. Hamburg Police tweeted that there were “several people seriously injured, some even fatally.”
Holger Vehren, a police spokesperson, stated that they knew that several people had died, while others were injured and transported to hospitals.
“We found a lifeless person in a community center in #GroßBorstel who we believe could be a perpetrator. In order to rule out the involvement of other perpetrators, we carry out checks and search extensively,” the police tweeted.
When news of the shooting broke, Hamburg police said a large operation was underway in the city’s GrossBorstel district. Several streets were closed and the public was warned by text message to avoid the area.
Local residents were told to stay at home and only use their phones “in extreme emergencies” so as not to overload the network.
“According to initial findings, shots were fired at a church on Deelbögestrasse in the GrossBorstel district,” police said. “Several people were seriously injured, some fatally. We are on site with a large contingent of officers.”
Germany has been rocked by several mass shootings in recent years. In February 2020, a far-right extremist shot dead 10 people and wounded five others in the central German city of Hanau. And in 2019, two people died after a neo-Nazi attempted to storm a synagogue in Halle on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.
list of recent mass shooting incidents
- Erfurt school massacre – On April 26, 2002, 19-year-old Robert Steinhäuser opened fire at Gutenberg-Gymnasium, killing 16 people including 12 teachers, a secretary, two students, and a police officer, before taking his own life.
- Winnenden school shooting – On March 11, 2009, 17-year-old Tim Kretschmer killed 15 people, including nine students and three teachers at Albertville-Realschule in Winnenden, before killing oneself.
- Munich Olympia Shopping Mall shooting – On July 22, 2016, 18-year-old German-Iranian dual citizen Ali David Sonboly killed nine people and injured 36 others before killing himself.
- Hanau shootings – On February 19, 2020, 43-year-old Tobias Rathjen killed nine people of Turkish and Kurdish descent in two hookah bars in Hanau before killing his mother and then himself.
- Rot am See shooting – On January 24, 2020, 26-year-old Adrian S. killed six members of his family and injured two others in Rot am See before being arrested by the police.
- Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg– On 24 January 2022, 18-year-old student Nikolai G. shot and killed one person and wounded four before killing oneself.
- Gross Borstel, Hamburg– On 9 March 2023, Seven people were killed and between eight and 25 injured during a shooting at a Kingdom Hall. The shooter may be among the dead.
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