A gunman opened fire at a Jehovah’s Witnesses church in Hamburg, resulting in several deaths and injuries. According to SowetanLIVE, the police suspect the perpetrator acted alone and was among the deceased. While the exact number of fatalities remains unknown, Bild newspaper reported that seven died and eight others were wounded. The Jehovah’s Witnesses said several injured were in critical condition.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed his condolences to the victims’ families and described the attack as “a brutal act of violence” on Twitter. Police investigations are ongoing, and they have asked the public to submit any photos or videos related to the incident through a dedicated internet portal. Despite Germany’s strict gun control laws, the government aims to further tighten gun regulations after a far-right group’s alleged plot to overthrow the state violently.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses community is deeply affected by the tragedy and offers sympathy to the victims’ families and those who witnessed the horrific attack. The ministers are doing their best to support everyone during this difficult time, and they pray for all those affected to find comfort and strength. Witnesses reported hearing shots and seeing people being taken away in black bags. Several people were seriously injured, and some were dead when police arrived. The authorities assume that there is only one perpetrator and are investigating the crime’s motives.
Residents of the Alsterdorf district received warnings on their mobile phones of a “life-threatening situation,” and authorities sealed off the area. Police officers and firefighters blocked streets and led some people wrapped in blankets into a bus. While the gunman opened fire at a Jehovah’s Witnesses church in Hamburg is not the first time Germany has experienced a mass shooting. Shootings in February 2020 and October 2019 resulted in numerous fatalities, including migrants from Turkey and people celebrating Yom Kippur. The authorities urge citizens to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.
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