Gunman kills self after shooting seven dead during church service in Germany

A GUNMAN shot seven people dead at a Jehovah’s Witness church next to a car repair shop in the Gross Borstel District of Germany on Thursday night before turning the weapon on himself, Police have said.

Police spokesman Holger Vehren said officers were alerted to the shooting at about 9.15 pm and arrived at the scene promptly to find people with apparent gunshot wounds on the ground floor of the building.

Vehren added that officers, subsequently, heard a shot from an upper floor and found a fatally wounded person upstairs who may have been the gunman and acted alone with unclear motives.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz described the shooting as “a brutal act of violence”.

“My deepest condolences to the families of the victims,” Hamburg Mayor Peter Tschentscher wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

The incident happened during a Bible Study and local media outlets reported that the shooting had also left at least 25 people seriously injured.

“The Police measures in the surrounding area are gradually being discontinued. Investigations into the background of the crime are continuing,” Hamburg Police tweeted in the earlier on Friday.

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