At Least 2 Dead After Shooting Near German Synagogue on Yom Kippur
At least two people were killed after a gunman opened fire near a synagogue in Germany on Yom Kippur, the holiest Jewish holiday.
At least two people were killed near a synagogue in Germany on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.
Local police say the gunman opened fire on a kebab shop near a synagogue in Halle, Germany, striking several people. At least two people were killed and several more were injured. Police reportedly stopped the gunman from going inside the synagogue. There were approximately 80 people inside for Yom Kippur services, which were planned to run until 8:30 pm. Witnesses say the gunman was wearing a helmet mounted with a camera and combat-style clothing.
A survivor of the attacks told N-TV: “All the customers next to me ran ... I locked myself quietly in this toilet, and wrote to my family that I love them, and waited for something to happen.”
One suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting, but police believe that multiple suspects were involved. They are investigating the incident and warning locals to be aware of their surroundings. Uniklinikum Halle hospital reported that it was treating two more individuals for gunshot injuries.
The suspect also reportedly livestreamed the attack on gaming platform Twitch, as well as anti-Semitic comments made prior—but the footage has since been removed. He also created a manifesto online with photos of homemade weapons that were used in the attack.
Past gunmen have also used livestreams before and during their violent attacks like the Christchurch shooter, who used Facebook Live. He also posted a racist manifesto prior to the incident.