Updated Mar 10, 2023, 7:27am EST

Eight dead after shooting at Jehovah’s Witness hall in Germany

— with Jenna Moon

Police secures the area after at least six people are dead and several more injured in a shooting in the northern German city of Hamburg, Germany, March 9, 2023.
REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

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Eight people were killed, including the suspected gunman, and several wounded in a shooting at a Jehovah’s Witness meeting hall in the German city of Hamburg.

The police said Friday the shooting was carried out by a former member of the religious group who departed the organization around 18 months ago, according to AFP. There was “no indication of a terrorist background” to the attack, it added, citing a spokesman for Hamburg prosecution’s office.

An unborn baby was among the seven people killed, the BBC reported .