UPDATE: Death toll in German city of Hamburg confirmed as seven with gunman taking his own life

UPDATE: Death toll in German city of Hamburg confirmed as seven with gunman taking his own life

Death toll in German city of Hamburg confirmed as seven with gunman taking his own life

A shooting incident in the German city of Hamburg left at least seven people dead and eight more injured with the gunman eventually taking his own life.

Friday, March 10 at 3:30pm

Hamburg Police confirmed the death toll from last night’s shooting incident in a tweet today, posting: “Shots fired in a parish hall in #GroßBorstel #Alsterdorf led to a major operation yesterday. According to initial findings, 8 people are seriously injured, 7 fatally, among them one unborn child. Currently, we announce the current state of the investigation at a #pressconference“.

The information was confirmed during a press conference attended by the Interior Senator Andy Grote, Dr Ralf Peter Anders from the public prosecutor’s office, police chief Ralf Martin Meyer, and the head of the security police Matthias Tresp. Grote described the incident as: “the worst crime in our city’s recent history”.

He explained how police officers at the scene of the crime managed to separate the perpetrator from more potential victims. An unborn child was killed in its mother’s womb. The perpetrator subsequently fled to the upper floor of the building where he took his own life, as reported by spiegel.de.

The deceased gunman is believed to have been a former member of the church where the attack took place. He had allegedly left the congregation some time ago, under a cloud, lending weight to the theory that perhaps he held a grudge against the church and its member.


Friday, March 10 at 3:40am

The death toll in the German city of Hamburg has risen to seven, with the police announcing that the the suspected shooter in custody, according to 20minutos.es.

Based on the current state of affairs, we assume a perpetrator. The police measures in the area are gradually being discontinued. Investigations into the background to the crime are ongoing. #GroßBorstel #schießerei #hh0903“, tweeted Hamburg Police.


Thursday, March 9 at 11:47pm

According to police in the German city of Hamburg, a shooting incident this evening, Thursday, March 9, has resulted in multiple fatalities. The incident is said to have occurred in a church on Deelboge street in the northern Alsterdorf neighbourhood of the city with at least six people believed to have died with eight more injured.

Hamburg Police tweeted: “According to initial findings, a shot was fired in a church on Deelböge street in the #GroßBorstel district. Several people were seriously injured, some even fatally. We are on-site with a large contingent of forces. Further information follows. #schießerei #h0903″.

Local media outlets have reported a large deployment of police units in the Gros Borstel district of Hamburg as a search operation attempts to track the suspects. There have been conflicting reports regarding the fate of the suspected gunman. Some reports claim the shooter escaped, while others suggest they were shot by the police.

The attack took place in a Jehovah’s Witness centre according to several online reports. According to information from security circles, the police classified the shots during an event as an ‘amok attack’. “The dead all have gunshot wounds”. said a police spokesman.

Hamburg Police urged the public not to jump to conclusions about the reasons behind the incident and tweeted that: “there is no reliable information on the motive for the crime”. They also asked members of the public to stay inside their homes while the search continues, as reported by spiegel.de.

The reports from Alsterdorf / Groß Borstel are shocking. My deepest condolences to the families of the victims. The emergency services are working flat out to track down the perpetrator (s) and to clarify the background. Please note the information of @PolizeiHamburg”, tweeted, Peter Tschentscher, the mayor of Hamburg @TschenPe.


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