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Shooting at Jehovah’s Witness hall in Hamburg, Germany; several killed or injured, police say

Shots were fired inside a building used by Jehovah’s Witnesses in the northern German city of Hamburg on Thursday evening, and an unspecified number of people were killed or wounded, police said.

It was not immediately clear how many victims there were, but Hamburg Police tweeted that there were “several people seriously injured, some even fatally.”

The Hamburg city government said the shooting took place in the Gross Borstel district. Police also said a motive was not immediately clear.

Police said they were alerted to the shooting about 9:15 p.m. and were on the scene quickly. They said that after officers arrived, they heard a shot from an upper floor.

The police statement said there was no immediate indication that a shooter was on the run and that it appeared likely that the perpetrator or perpetrators were either in the building or among the dead.

Police had no information on the event that was underway in the building when the shooting took place. They also had no immediate information on a possible motive.

“The reports from Alsterdorf / Gross Borstel are shocking,” Hamburg Mayor Peter Tschentscher tweeted. “My deepest condolences to the families of the victims.”

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