Police in Halle en der Saale, in eastern Germany, on October 9, 2019 after two people were killed in a shooting outside a synagogue. | Photo by SEBASTIAN WILLNOW/dpa/AFP via Getty Images
At least two people have been killed in a shooting near a synagogue in Halle, Germany.
At least two people have been killed Wednesday in Halle, Germany.
The shootings happened near a synagogue and a kebab shop. At least one suspect has been arrested, though police are still investigating whether others were involved in the attack.
Wednesday is Yom Kippur, one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar. German media is reporting that at least one gunman posted a video of his assault, recorded with a helmet camera, where he made anti-Semitic comments. But police have not yet confirmed that this was a targeted attack.
The story is still developing. Here’s what we know, and don’t, so far.
What we know
- At least two people were killed in a shooting near a synagogue and its cementary, and aso near a kebab shop in Halle, a city in eastern Germany, according to media reports. A police spokesperson told CNN that the shooting happened on the same street as a synagogue.
- The BBC, citing local German media, said shots were fired at the synagogue, but police haven’t confirmed. Witnesses inside the synagogue told German media that the gunman tried to enter the synagogue, but could not force his way inside.
Dozens of heavily armed police in #Halle patrolling Humboldtstrasse, where a deadly shooting outside a synagogue took place. Federal anti-terrorism authorities are investigating the incident. Links to far-right extremism have not been ruled out. pic.twitter.com/FX5eBdSxhf
— Carl Nasman (@CarlNasman) October 9, 2019
- There were reports of other people injured in the attack in Halle, according to the Washington Post, citing police spokesperson Ulrike Diene.
- Police also said that gunshots were fired in Landsberg, a town about 15 miles from Halle. It was not clear if the incidents were connected, reports ABC News.
- At least one suspect is in custody, according to the New York Times and the Washington Post, both citing local media reports. Earlier on Wednesday, police said two other suspects may have fled in a vehicle south, but it’s not clear right now whether other people were involved.
- German media is reporting that at least one of the gunman recorded his attack on a camera mounted on his helmet. On the video, he made anti-Semitic and extremist references, according to reports. German authorities have not yet confirmed the authenticity of the video.
- German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said that that police suspect the shooting may have been an anti-Semitic attack.
- German federal prosecutors have taken over the case, according to DW. “Whether this case had an anti-Semitic motive still has to be determined,” Carolin Urban, a spokesperson for the federal prosecutors office, said. “We do not exclude any possibility.”
- Local police warned residents to stay in their homes, and the city’s railway station was shut down, reports CNN.
What we don’t know
- The total number of people killed or injured
- The target of the attack
- The motive of the attack
- The identities of the suspect(s) involved