Two Dead, Two Wounded After Attempted Mass Shooting At German Synagogue

At least two people have died and two more were wounded after a gunman opened fire in the German city of Halle, with authorities labelling the incident an anti-Semitic attack.

German police have confirmed they have arrested the suspect.

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The Guardian reports an armed man, dressed in military-style clothing and carrying multiple weapons, fatally shot a man inside kebab shop and a woman near a synagogue and cemetery.

Eyewitnesses state the man then attempted to open the door of the synagogue, where an estimated 70 worshippers were celebrating the high holy day Yom Kippur.

Max Privorozki, a Jewish community leader in Halle, told Der Spiegel the gunman repeatedly shot at the door and may have used a grenade or fireworks in an attempt to gain entry.

“God has protected us, the whole maybe took five to ten minutes,” he said.

Two people were transported to Halle’s university hospital for gunshot wounds.

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said the federal prosecutor’s office has found “sufficient indications for a possible right-wing extremist motive.”

The attacker reportedly live-streamed the attack for over half an hour on Twitch, mirroring the online broadcast of the New Zealand mosque attack which left 51 people dead.

In a statement obtained by The Guardian, Twitch spokesperson Brielle Villablanca said the company removed the footage as soon as it could, and is working to stop others from re-uploading it.

German chancellor Angela Merkel joined a vigil held at Berlin’s New Synagogue after the attack.