2 Dead, 1 Held After Shooting in Germany's Halle; Motive Unclear

The Quint
A police officer walks in front of a kebab grill in Halle, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. 

Several shots were fired on Wednesday, 9 October, in the eastern German city of Halle, leaving two people dead as the suspected assailants fled, police said.

The exact target of the attack was not clear, since it took place near a synagogue and a kebab shop, witnesses said.

Police said in a tweet that the suspects fled in a car, and soon after reported that one person had been arrested. They gave no information about that person or reasons why they thought the attack was carried out by multiple assailants.

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Not Clear Who Was Being Shot At

Police gave no details about the target, or targets, of the attack but federal prosecutors, who handle cases involving suspected terrorism or national security, took over the investigation.

A video clip broadcast by regional public broadcaster MDR showed a man in a helmet and an olive-colored top getting out of a car and firing four shots from behind the vehicle from a long-barreled gun. It wasn't clear what he was shooting at.

Pictures from the scene showed a body lying in the street behind a police cordon. News agency dpa reported the body was lying opposite a synagogue, about 30 meters (yards) away.

Wednesday is the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur, when synagogues would be busy.

'Hid in The Toilet'

A witness interviewed on n-tv television said he had been in a kebab shop when a man with a helmet and a military jacket threw something that looked like a grenade, which bounced off the doorframe. Conrad Roessler said the man then shot into the shop at least once.

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