In the German city of Essen, the door of a former rabbi’s house next to an old synagogue was discovered to have four gunshot holes on Friday.
A regional security official said a suspect was being sought in what he called an attack.
According to police in the western city, witnesses notified them of the bullet holes early on Friday.
No one was wounded, they declared, there was no threat to the public, and they were investigating the facts around what occurred.
Police may have a video showing someone firing at the door, but they could not provide more information due to the recording’s poor quality.
Herbert Reul, the interior minister for the North Rhine-Westphalian state, was quoted as saying, “The attack on the old synagogue in Essen shook me deeply.”
He stated that authorities were looking for a male suspect and that camera records were being examined.
According to city officials, the rabbi’s home is currently empty, but it is home to a German Jewish history institute.
Essen’s House of Jewish Culture is now located in the former synagogue. Jews in the city attend services at a new synagogue, although they periodically gather there for special events, like remembrances of the Nazi pogrom on November 9, 1938, which scared Jews throughout Germany and Austria.
During that pogrom, known as Kristallnacht, or the “Night of Broken Glass,” the historic synagogue and the rabbi’s apartment were set ablaze, and their interiors were destroyed.