A former member of the Jehovan's Witness shot seven people including an unborn child of a seven month pregnant mother, at the hall belonging to the congregation in the German city of Hamburg. The shooter, identified only as Philipp F, shot himself after the police arrived at the scene.
Eight other people were injured in the course of this shooting. The police haven't identified the motive behind the shooting but the prosecutor said that there was no evidence of a terrorist link.
Police Spokesperson Holger Vehren said the police were alerted about the shooting at about 9:04 pm on the 9th of March. They immediately sent in a special operation unit that was nearby at about 9:09 pm. They immediately identified the shooter. Hamburg’s state Interior Minister Andy Grote said. “We can assume that they saved many people’s lives this way,” he told reporters during a news conference. Grote called the shooting “the worst crime that our city has experienced recently.”
Speaking about the gunman, the police further said that he was a 35-year-old German national. He fired more than 100 rounds during the attack. Hamburg police chief Ralf Martin Meyer said the man had a weapons license and legally owned a semi-automatic pistol. He said the suspected shooter was previously investigated after authorities received a tip that he might not be suitable to bear firearms, but was found not to have broken rules.
Politicians, including German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, strongly condemned the killing rampage that took place in the northern German city. In a tweet, Scholz expressed his sympathy for the members of the Jehovah's community who were victims of a savage act of violence, and his thoughts are with them and their families.
In a statement, the Jehovah's Witnesses in Germany expressed sadness regarding the entire attack, which affected their members.
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