Gunman at Jehovah’s Witnesses center in Hamburg kills himself

The suspected gunman at a center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hamburg, northern Germany, who killed seven people, killed himself after police arrived, local authorities said today, ruling out terrorism.

“The assailant fled to the first floor [do edifício onde os membros da comunidade estavam reunidos numa sessão de oração] and killed himself,” Hamburg city interior minister Andy Grote said, adding that a woman who was seven months pregnant was among the victims.

Police added, on the other hand, that the alleged author of the shootings is a former member of Jehovah’s Witnesses, an organization with which he had apparently clashed.

“But there are no indications of a terrorist context,” a spokesman for the German prosecutor said at a press conference.

Police said they were alerted to the shooting at 9:15 p.m. Thursday (8:15 p.m. Lisbon) and that after arriving at the scene, they heard a gunshot on an upper floor of the building.

This is what a police representative told reporters There were “indications that the perpetrator of the attack” could be in the building, “possibly even among the dead.”

The intervention forces “entered the building very quickly and found dead and seriously injured people there”explained the spokesman, who did not provide a possible motive for the shooting.

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