German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer suspects that the shooter who shot two people at a synagogue in Halle on Wednesday had anti-Semitic and extreme-right motives.
According to the minister, the police have enough evidence to assume that there is an extreme right and anti-Semitic motive for the attack.
The police also confirm that the perpetrator acted alone. Earlier, two other suspects were said to have fled in a hijacked car. The German police stated on Wednesday around 6.15 pm that there would be no more acute danger in Halle.
31Bystander films shooter in the German city of Halle
Livestream via Twitch
The perpetrator is said to have filmed during the shooting and broadcast the images live via the Twitch streaming platform. Twitch confirms this on Wednesday. In the 35-minute video, the shooter said he did not believe in the Holocaust and spoke out strongly against Jews, women and mass immigration.
The filming and live broadcasting of an attack is strongly reminiscent of the attack in Christchurch, in which a shooter shot 49 people at mosques in New Zealand and broadcast it live via Facebook.
Shooting in German city Halle
During a shooting in the German city of Halle at least two people died on Wednesday. © Reuters
On images you can see how a man wearing a helmet fires multiple shots. © Reuters
The police report that they are present in large numbers. The German federal police have intensified checks at train stations and airports in central Germany. © Reuters
Man and a woman died
The shooting took place around noon near a synagogue in the center of the city. On images you can see how a man wearing a helmet fires multiple shots.
The victims are a man and a woman, a police spokesperson reports to the AFP news agency. Two others were seriously injured.
With over 230,000 inhabitants, Halle is the largest city in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt. The city is located 35 kilometers northwest of Leipzig.
This Wednesday is the Yom Kipur, the Day of Atonement, which is considered to be one of the most important Jewish holidays. In nearby cities such as Leipzig, Dortmund and Dresden, the police have provided additional protection for the synagogues after the shooting.