At around 9:15 p.m., several people alerted the police and emergency services about a shooting in the Alsterdorf district of northern Hamburg, according to reports. Build. The newspaper wrote that seven dead people and a number of wounded were found at the scene, some of them in serious condition. However, German authorities have not yet confirmed the number of dead and injured. A major police operation is underway in the area and emergency doctors are working on site.
The crime must have taken place at a religious meeting place, Hamburg police wrote on Twitter. According to the police, the motive behind the shooting is still unclear, urging the public not to speculate and spread rumours. According to several German media, the building was used by Jehovah’s Witnesses.
And the police announced, according to Agence France-Presse, that the perpetrator is believed to be one of the dead people found in the building.
Warning: “life-threatening condition”
Salameh’s message was sent to the residents of the area warning that a “life-threatening situation” was underway. Police should also have urged people to avoid the area around the building — and to avoid making unnecessary calls so as not to burden the phone lines, according to the police. Build.
Hamburg Mayor Peter Schentscher commented on the incident via Twitter:
“The news from Alsterdorf Borstel is shocking. My deepest condolences to the families of the victims. The emergency services are working in full force to find the perpetrators and clarify the background to the crime.”
The text has been updated.
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