A shooting incident at a Jehovah’s Witness meeting hall in Hamburg, Germany, left seven people dead, including an unborn child. The shooter assaulted on Thursday alone before killing himself. His motivations are unclear.
The Suspect Of Hamburg Shooting
A previous member of the religious group, 35-year-old Philipp F, the suspect is only identified by his first name. A recent dramatic video seems to demonstrate the suspect shooting numerous rounds through a hallway window. The police announced at an orientation on Friday that four males and two women had been shot to death. German citizens were all deceased. There were eight injuries, four of them severe. Those injured included a Ukrainian and a Ugandan. Seven months pregnant and wounded, the woman’s unborn child perished. Mother made it through.
A Brief Description Of Hamburg Shooting
On Thursday at 21:04 local time (20:04 GMT), the police received the first emergency contact reporting gunfire inside a structure on Deelböge Street in the Gross Borstel neighborhood. Four minutes later, officers arrived on the scene, and special forces joined them almost instantly. To get inside the place where roughly 50 individuals had congregated, police had to break windows. The suspect fled to the first level and was identified as a “sports shooter” with a gun license. Shortly after, his “lifeless body” was discovered.
Nine magazines of bullets had been shot by him, and 20 more were discovered in his knapsack. Senator Andy Grote of Germany claimed that police officers’ “fast and determined actions” had saved lots of lives. He added that the assault was the “worst offense” in recent Hamburg history. The police verified that they previously got a tip-off that was anonymous and raised questions about the mental stability of the perpetrator. Officers had gone to him following the tip, but they lacked sufficient evidence at the moment to take his gun away.
Several shots were launched in each of the four bursts of gunfire, which lasted between 20 and 60 seconds, according to Lara Bauch, a student of 23 years who resides nearby. She claimed that she could see someone frantically running up to the first floor from her window on the ground level. She continued, “The man was moving quickly and dressed in dark apparel. On Thursday night, “one or multiple unknown criminals shot at folks in a church,” according to an alert posted on the government’s warning app NINAwarn.
Reason Behind Hamburg Shooting
In light of the ongoing police action, residents were advised to stay inside their homes. It was “still completely unclear” why the shooting occurred. Olaf Scholz, the chancellor of Germany, called it a “brutal act of aggression” and expressed his sympathies to the victims’ families. The Jehovah’s Witness community in Germany released a statement in which it expressed its “deep sadness” over the horrific assault on some people at the Kingdom Hall in Hamburg following a religious service. The meeting house’s interior was brightly illuminated throughout the night as forensic specialists in white clothing worked there.