On Thursday evening, shots were fired inside a Jehovah’s Witnesses-occupied building in Hamburg, northern Germany, leaving an undetermined number of persons dead or injured, according to police.
Some German media sites have reported the death toll as seven.
The incident happened in the Gross Borstel neighborhood, a few miles (kilometers) north of the center of Germany’s second-largest city.
Police reported on Twitter that “many individuals were critically wounded, some of them fatally,” but didn’t give a definite figure.
Rescue personnel was reportedly seen removing individuals from a Jehovah’s Witnesses-occupied building, according to the German news agency dpa.
At about 9:15 p.m., according to the police, the incident was reported, and they arrived immediately at the site. After the police arrived, they claimed they heard gunfire from an upper floor.
According to the police statement, there was no immediate sign that a shooter was eluding capture, and it appeared likely that the shooter or shooters were either within the building or among the victims.
The incident that was taking place on the premises at the time of the shooting was unknown to the police. They also didn’t have any instant knowledge of a potential reason.