Hamburg, Germany, shooting at the Church of Jehovah’s Witnesses

When police arrived at a Jehovah’s Witnesses church in Hamburg, Germany, in response to a shooting Thursday, they heard a gunshot on the top floor of the building, a police spokesman said. The building has three floors, he said.

Hamburg police spokesman Holger Vehren told CNN affiliate NTV reporter Bastian Vollmer that officers arrived at the church around 9:15 p.m. local time. Police previously said the shooting happened around 9 p.m. local time.

When law enforcement entered the building, they found several people dead and injured on the ground floor, the spokesperson said. They found another person dead on the top floor after hearing the gunshot, he said.

Police believe the person on the top floor may have been a gunman, but said no further information could be given at this stage, according to Vehren. There are currently no indications that a suspect is at large, the police spokesman said.

Hamburg police said in a translated tweet that the officers are “working at full speed”. They urged people to refrain from talking about a potential shooter or the shooting itself.

“You would make communication about the current operation much easier for us” in the Gro├čBorstel district, another translated tweet read.


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