Officers say 9 individuals had been wounded in Thursday evening’s shooting throughout a service, together with a lady who misplaced her unborn little one. Seven had gunshot wounds. Senior police official Uwe Stockmann mentioned six had been nonetheless in hospitals on Tuesday and one particular person’s life was nonetheless at risk.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses in Germany have mentioned that the person police recognized because the gunman was a former member who left the church voluntarily two years in the past.
Investigators mentioned final week that his departure from the church was “apparently not on good phrases.”
Hamburg prosecutor Arnold Keller mentioned that, to date, investigators have come throughout nothing that pointed upfront to any plans for a rampage like Thursday’s shooting. They’re nonetheless wanting into an internet site registered in his identify and a self-published ebook it hyperlinks to titled “God, Jesus Christ and Devil.”
“In view of the earlier historical past concerning the connection between Philipp F. and the Jehovah’s Witnesses, it at the very least can’t be dominated out that Philipp F. acted out of hatred towards this group,” Keller informed reporters in Hamburg. “It can’t be mentioned conclusively right now whether or not the motive for the crime is finally to be discovered right here.”
Stockmann mentioned all the pieces factors to the perpetrator having acted alone, and that there have been no indications that he was concerned in any community or had far-right views.
The Hamburg congregation that was holding a service when the assault occurred presently has about 60 members and is certainly one of 47 within the port metropolis, which is house to nearly 4,000 denomination members, in accordance with the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses declare a worldwide membership of about 8.7 million, with about 170,000 in Germany. The spiritual motion was based in the USA within the nineteenth century and is headquartered in Warwick, New York.