Deadly shooting at a Jehovah's Witness center in Hamburg, Germany

Ex-Jehovah's Witness opens fire on Hamburg church, killing several people, including a pregnant baby


Germany shocked after gunman killed six people, along with an unborn baby, in a Jehovah's Witness center in Hamburg on Thursday, before shooting himself when police He broke into the building.

The 35-year-old German national, identified only as Philipp F. according to the German privacy laws, was a former member of the witness community of Jehovah, according to the Hamburg state prosecutor.

German police are still investigating a possible motive after The shooter opened fire at an event attended by 50 people on Thursday. At night. "Hamburg has never seen a mass shooting like this," he said. Friday Home Secretary Andy Grote at a conference of press.

The shooter acted alone, Grote said. "There could have been more casualties if the Police wouldn't have intervened so quickly," he said.

Eight people were injured, four of them seriously. Police said which included six women and two men. Six are of German nationality, one wounded is from Uganda and another from Ukraine. The victims are not related with the alleged perpetrator of the attack, according to Tresp.

Philipp F. was a member of Jehovah's Witnesses, but it is unclear if he was expelled from the community or voluntarily abandoned. According to Radszuweit, the Hamburg authorities did not know the alleged shooter.

Ralf Peter Anders, spokesman for the Hamburg prosecutor's office, said "There was no indication of a terrorist background" in the attack.

Ralf Martin Meyer, Hamburg's police chief, said it was investigating the suspect's mental condition and added that it was possible that suffered from mental illness. Meyer said he has been in legal possession of a semi-automatic pistol since December 2022.

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