A shooting outside a synagogue in Halle, East Germany, Wednesday afternoon has left two people dead.
Police detained one person after multiple suspects fled the scene. He was later referred to by the police as the 27-year old Stephan B.
The shooting in Halle’s Paulusviertel district took place the same day as Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism. Halle police confirmed that “multiple shots were fired” and that multiple suspects fled the scene in a car. He then fled to a nearby kebab shop, where he killed a second person.
Two more people, a man and a woman, were injured by gunshots, but their life was not in danger.
The assailant was wearing combat gear, including a helmet with a camera, mainstreaming his attack on Amazon’s Twitch platform.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer later confirmed that anti-Semitism was certainly one of the shooter’s motives. The 35-minute video streamed by the assailant includes misogynist, xenophobic, and anti-Semitic ranting. The police have apparently recovered an improvised explosive device found near the synagogue.
Shots were also reported in the neighbouring town of Landsberg but police did not immediately provide further details on whether the two incidents were related.
The events unfold as Leipzig is preparing to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the rallies that eventually led to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The attack put the city in a lockdown, including the train station.
The president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Josef Schuster, criticized the police for not protecting the Synagogue during Yom Kippur.