Two people killed in shooting near synagogue in Germany

Cheryl Sanders
October 9, 2019

A deadly shooting broke out in the eastern German city of Halle on Wednesday afternoon, German police said, killing at least two people.

One person has been arrested, but police say other suspects escaped from the scene by vehicle.

Police later said one suspect had been arrested but urged people to remain careful.

Police say they have launched an urgent search to find the attacker, and told residents to stay in their homes or find safe shelter. They gave no information about that person. A crime scene was in place on Humboldt Strasse, near the Jewish cemetery and the area has been cordoned off by police. German police received more than 400 reports of anti-Semitic attacks in the first half of 2018 - 10 percent more than the same period the previous year.

The Bild and Mitteldeutsche Zeitung newspapers reported that the shooting took place near a synagogue. A person interviewed on n-tv television said that he had been in a kebab shop when he saw a man with a helmet and military jacket, who he said fired shots into the shop.

It happened in the city of Halle and one or more suspects were initially on the run.

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