A tragic shooting at a Jehovah’s Witness worship hall in Hamburg, Germany has left seven people dead, including an unborn child, according to local authorities.

The shooter, a 35-year-old German citizen, and former Jehovah’s Witness used a legally owned semi-automatic pistol to carry out the attack before turning the gun on himself.

Officials confirmed that the victims included four men, two women, and an unborn female child. The mother of the unborn child survived the attack.

While the motive for the shooting remains unclear, police have ruled out a political reason. Authorities found 15 loaded magazines of ammunition during a search of the shooter’s flat following the attack.

The shooting took place on Thursday evening during an event attended by around 50 people at the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in the Alsterdorf district of the city.

Eyewitnesses reported hearing loud gunshots and seeing the shooter firing through a window. When police arrived on the scene, the shooter ran to the floor above and shot himself. Officials praised the police response, which they believe may have prevented further deaths.

The building, which is located in a residential area, has been used by the Jehovah’s Witness group as a place of worship for several years.

Residents of the area expressed shock and sadness at the news of the attack. The motive for the shooting remains under investigation, and authorities are continuing to gather information about the shooter and the events leading up to the attack.



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