Several fatalities, injuries in Hamburg shooting


Amman: Several people have been killed and others were injured during a shooting in the German city of Hamburg, officials said on Thursday evening.


According to several German media reports, at least seven people were killed in the shooting, DW reported early Friday.


The shooting took place at the Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall in the Gross Borstel district.


“The dead all have gunshot wounds,” a police spokesperson said, without confirming the exact number of victims.


Police were alerted to the incident and arrived at the scene quickly because they were “coincidentally very, very near,” a spokesperson said.


Police said the background and potential motive behind the shooting which occurred during a Jehovah’s Witnesses event, were unclear.


Police spokesperson Holger Vehren said that after officers arrived and found people with apparent gunshot wounds on the ground floor, they heard a shot from an upper floor and found a fatally wounded person upstairs.


That individual may have been the shooter, Vehren said, adding that there was no indication a shooter was on the run. He said it appeared likely that the perpetrator was either in the building or among the dead.


Police did not need to use their firearms, Vehren said.


Source: Jordan News Agency