Among the Jehovah's Witnesses: Action, victims and perpetrators: what we know about the violent act in Hamburg - and what we don't

After the deadly shots at an event of Jehovah's Witnesses in Hamburg, the police are continuing their investigations at the scene of the crime.

Among the Jehovah's Witnesses: Action, victims and perpetrators: what we know about the violent act in Hamburg - and what we don't

After the deadly shots at an event of Jehovah's Witnesses in Hamburg, the police are continuing their investigations at the scene of the crime. "At the moment the handovers are going on here. It's all in flux," said a police spokesman on Friday morning in Hamburg. He was initially unable to give details of the dead and injured and how the crime happened. There is no further information on this yet. What is known so far and what is not.

Shortly before 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, several shots were fired in a Jehovah's Witnesses building. According to the community's website, one of the two weekly meetings takes place there on Thursdays at 7 p.m. At around 9.15 p.m. numerous calls informed the police about the shots. Police forces are quickly at the scene of the crime and hear another shot on the upper floor of the building, where they also find a fatally injured person.

Whether the perpetrator came from outside or was part of the event is just as unclear as the detailed sequence in which the shots were fired. A video shows how a person first shoots through a pane from the outside before entering the building and more shots can be heard. According to a local resident, there should have been four shooting periods, each with several shots.

Several dead and injured with gunshot wounds are found in the building. On Friday morning, the Hamburg police announced that eight people were fatally injured in the act. Among the dead was "apparently the alleged perpetrator".

It is unclear how many people were actually present at the evening event in the house of Jehovah's Witnesses.

On Friday night, the police assumed it was a single perpetrator. There was therefore no evidence of a fugitive perpetrator. The police and interior authorities had not initially announced any information about the perpetrator. According to the police, one of the dead is the alleged perpetrator.

A local resident spoke of a man dressed in dark clothing who ran frantically down the stairwell of the building. She couldn't say anything about the age. The "Spiegel" reports that the suspect is said to be a former member of the community.

According to information from security circles, the Hamburg police classified the shots fired during an event of Jehovah's Witnesses as an amok act. It is initially unclear why the perpetrator fired.

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