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At least seven dead, ‘dozens injured’ in Hamburg bloodbath: ‘Gunmen’ open fire at Jehovah’s Witness church sparking ‘mass casualty incident’ in Germany’s second-biggest city – unclear if ‘shooters’ are dead or alive

  • At least seven dead and several wounded after a shooting in Hamburg
  • Armed police are hunting for gunmen in Germany’s second-biggest city

At least seven people are dead and dozens are wounded after a gunman opened fire in a church in Hamburg.

Police declared a ‘mass casualty incident’ following the massacre ‘at a centre for Jehovah’s Witnesses’ in the GroßBorstel district of Germany’s second-biggest city at around 9pm.

The gunman is believed to be among several dead found in the building, police said.

A police spokesman at the scene said: ‘We have no indications of a perpetrator on the run.’

He added that investigators instead have ‘indications that a perpetrator may have been in the building and may be even among the dead’.

People in the building were seen being ushered to safety by policemen at the scene

People in the building were seen being ushered to safety by policemen at the scene

People were walking with their hands on their heads as they left the church

People were walking with their hands on their heads as they left the church

The attack happened in Germany's second-largest city of Hamburg, in the GroßBorstel district

The attack happened in Germany’s second-largest city of Hamburg, in the GroßBorstel district

Armed police were seen pointing their guns up a stairwell in the church after storming the building. 

Eight people were reportedly seriously wounded while 24 more had minor injuries. 

Armed police in bulletproof vests and helmets rushed to the scene along with paramedics and doctors.

Ambulances and fire engines rushed to the scene alongside armed police officers

Ambulances and fire engines rushed to the scene alongside armed police officers

Armed police officers were seen on the roads around the scene after the attack

Armed police officers were seen on the roads around the scene after the attack

At least six people are dead and several wounded after a gunman opened fire 'at a centre for Jehovah's Witnesses' in Hamburg

At least six people are dead and several wounded after a gunman opened fire ‘at a centre for Jehovah’s Witnesses’ in Hamburg

Some of the dead reportedly include women. Injured people were initially cared for by paramedics in large-capacity ambulances on the scene. 

A police spokesman said that at about 9pm local time, one or several unknown perpetrators shot at people in a church, Broadcaster NDR reported. 

The spokesman said: ‘The dead people all have gunshot wounds.’

Seven people were reportedly seriously wounded while 17 more had minor injuries

Seven people were reportedly seriously wounded while 17 more had minor injuries

Police are hunting the gunmen in the northern German city following the shooting

Police are hunting the gunmen in the northern German city following the shooting 

Armed police were at the scene alongside paramedics and other emergency services

Armed police were at the scene alongside paramedics and other emergency services

Hamburg Police said: ‘According to initial findings, a shot was fired in a church on Deelböge street in the GroßBorstel district. 

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‘Several people were seriously injured, some fatally. We are on site with a large contingent of forces. 

‘So far, there is no reliable information on the motive for the crime.’

Police secures the area after at least six people are dead and several more injured in a shooting in the northern German city of Hamburg, Germany, March 9, 2023.     REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

Police secures the area after at least six people are dead and several more injured in a shooting in the northern German city of Hamburg, Germany, March 9, 2023. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

Armed police officers are currently hunting for the gunmen on the streets of the German city

Armed police officers are currently hunting for the gunmen on the streets of the German city

Hamburg Police said: 'According to initial findings, a shot was fired in a church on Deelböge street in the GroßBorstel district'

Hamburg Police said: ‘According to initial findings, a shot was fired in a church on Deelböge street in the GroßBorstel district’

The police added:'Several people were seriously injured, some fatally. We are on site with a large contingent of forces'

The police added:’Several people were seriously injured, some fatally. We are on site with a large contingent of forces’

Police said on Twitter that a large operation was under way in the city's Alsterdorf district

Police said on Twitter that a large operation was under way in the city’s Alsterdorf district

An event at the church had started at 7pm, two hours before the first call to emergency services.

Mayor of Hamburg Peter Tschentscher said: ‘The reports from are shocking. 

‘My deepest condolences to the families of the victims. 

‘The emergency services are working flat out to track down the perpetrators and clarify the background.’

Armed police were seen in bullet-proof vests and headgear and were carrying weapons

Armed police were seen in bullet-proof vests and headgear and were carrying weapons

Police said there was no clear motive yet for the attack and urged people not to spread rumours

Police said there was no clear motive yet for the attack and urged people not to spread rumours

Police previously said on Twitter that a large operation was under way in the next-door Alsterdorf district. 

The area is a few miles north of the downtown area of Hamburg, which is Germany’s second-biggest city. 

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An emergency alert was posted after the shooting from the Department of the Interior that warned of a ‘life-threatening situation’ and ‘extreme danger’ in the area. 



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