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Shooting Outside German Synagogue During Yom Kippur Leaves 2 People Dead

Update April 21, 2020: German prosecutors said Tuesday they have charged the suspect in last year’s botched attack on a synagogue in the eastern city of Halle with murder and attempted murder, among other offenses; more here.

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Two people have been killed, and one suspect arrested, in a shooting incident near a synagogue in the eastern German town of Halle, according to local police.

“Several shots were fired,” Halle police tweeted. It added: “Stay alert. We are investigating in the Halle area and are stabilizing the situation, until we have all (the) information.

He added that several people had been injured, in addition to the two killed. The incident also comes on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.

Halle’s central train station has been closed, railway company Deutsche Bahn said.

One witness, Rene Friedrich, told CNN he was driving past the synagogue when he saw a man dressed in army clothing and a steel helmet.

The man was holding what appeared to be a machine gun and throwing something over the synagogue wall. A person was lying on the ground beside him.

Friedrich, a bakery owner, drove away slowly and called police. But soon after, he again drove past the man in the army gear — this time driving a gray Volkswagen Golf.

Another witness told CNN they also saw a gray car driving away from the synagogue at high speed.

The shooter, 27 year old Stephen B, live streamed the entire attack on Twitch, Amazon’s streaming program. In the video, the shooter identifies himself as ‘Anon’ and claimed the Holocaust never happened and Jews were responsible for the mass immigration crisis of Europe.

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/09/europe/attack-halle-germany-grm-intl/index.html