March 9, 2023, shooting at the church of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hamburg, Germany

A police spokesperson said that when police arrived at the church of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hamburg, Germany, responding to a shooting Thursday, they heard a gunshot on the top floor of the building. He said the building has three floors.

Hamburg police spokesman Holger Vihren told CNN affiliate NTV’s Bastian Vollmer that officers arrived at the church around 9:15 p.m. local time. Police said earlier that the shooting took place around 9 p.m. local time.

The spokesperson said that when law enforcement entered the building, they found several dead and injured people in the basement. He said they found another dead person upstairs after hearing gunfire.

Police believe the person upstairs may have been armed, but said no further information could be provided at this point, according to Viren. The police spokesman said there are currently no indications that the suspect has escaped.

Hamburg police said in Translated tweet that the officers are “working at full speed”. They urged people to refrain from talking about any possible gunman or the shooting itself.

“It will make it much easier for us to communicate about the ongoing operation” in the Gross Borstel area, Another translated tweet is reading.

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