On the evening of March 9th, 2023, a tragic event occurred at a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hamburg, Germany. A total of 61 people were in attendance, with 36 present in person and 25 joining online.
According to reports, a 35-year-old man, identified as a former member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, shot 10 times into a vehicle with a lady inside who escaped, unharmed outside the Kingdom Hall. He then entered the building, firing 135 rounds with a backpack full of ammunition.
This tragic incident resulted in the deaths of six adults, with eight others sustaining injuries, including the loss of an unborn child. The police responded to the incident swiftly, arriving eight minutes after the shooting began. The gunman fled upstairs and was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
During a search of the man’s apartment, authorities found 15 loaded magazines and four boxes of ammunition, totalling 200 cartridges. Police reported that an anonymous letter received earlier revealed that the man had anger towards the Witnesses and his former employer, although he had no prior criminal record and was not known as an extremist.
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