- At 27-year-old suspect is in custody following a deadly shooting at a German synagogue on the Jewish high holy day of Yom Kippur.
- A witness told the BBC that a man dressed as a police officer with weapons threw a hand grenade into the nearby Jewish cemetery.
- The incident was live-streamed on the gaming site Twitch, where the shooter can be heard saying that Jews are “the root of all these problems.”
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At least two people are dead after a shooting near a synagogue in the German city of Halle on Wednesday, and a 27-year-old unnamed suspect is in custody, police said
Several shots were fired near the synagogue and at a nearby kebab shop, killing a woman and a man and injuring several other people, the Halle police said and Germany’s Bild newspaper reported. Bild reported that the gunman used a submachine gun to carry out the attack.
A tweet from police warned residents to stay vigilant.
“We’re stabilizing the area around Halle until we have confirmed every bit of information,” the police said.
A witness told the BBC that a “fully armed” man “dressed like a policeman” also threw a hand grenade into a nearby Jewish cemetery.
Police say the entire incident was live-streamed on the gaming site Twitch. The video begins, according to ABC News, with the shooter saying “my name is Anon and I think the Holocaust never happened.” He then goes on to rant against feminism and mass immigration, and says “the root of all these problems is the Jew.”
Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told ABC authorities should assume the attack was anti-Semitic in nature. And the German Federal Prosecutor’s office told CNN they believed the attacker held “extreme far-right and anti-Semitic” beliefs.
The attack fell on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism.
Nach ersten Erkenntnissen wurden zwei Personen in #Halle getötet.
Es fielen mehrere Schüsse. Die mutmaßlichen Täter sind mit einem Fahrzeug flüchtig. Wir fahnden mit Hochdruck und bitten die Bevölkerung in ihren Wohnungen zu bleiben. #hal0910
— Polizei Halle (Saale) (@Polizei_HAL) October 9, 2019
Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s rail operator, said it closed the Halle station.
A video posted on social media purports to show a gunman firing while he stands by a car.