GERMANY- 2 dead in Germany shooting near synagogue: Live updates

CNN | Oct. 9, 2019

Two people were killed today following a shooting rampage near a synagogue in the eastern German town of Halle.

Here’s what else we know about the shooting:

  • The suspect: A 27-year-old male named Stephan B. has been arrested, according to a spokesman for the German Federal Prosecutor.
  • The victims: A woman and man were killed in the shooting rampage. The woman was shot near the town’s synagogue and a man was struck in a kebab shop roughly 600 meters away from the synagogue. Their killings appear in a live-streamed video.
  • There’s a video of the attack: A 35-minute video, which appears to have been filmed by the gunman, was posted on Twitch, an online video streaming platform that is most commonly used to stream live video of video games.
  • The motive: The German Federal Prosecutors office told CNN that the attack appears to have been motivated by “extreme far-right and anti-Semitic” views. The suspected gunman in the German attack launched into a brief anti-Semitic rant in the video, claiming the Holocaust “never happened” and saying that the root of some of the world’s problems are the Jews.
  • Today is Yom Kippur: The incident comes on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.