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Hamburg gunman who shot seven people dead at Jehovah’s Witness centre pictured

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    The alleged killer who shot dead seven people and seriously injured more in a Jehovah's Witness church rampage has been named and pictured.

    The massacre took place overnight in the facility in Hamburg, Germany, and Bild is reporting that the killer is 35-year-old Philipp F, who worked in the business centre.

    Unconfirmed reports, cited by the Guardian, state that the suspect is believed to have been a former member of the religious community.

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    Chancellor Olaf Scholz, a former Hamburg mayor, described the shooting as “a brutal act of violence.” However, no motive for the attack is being reported yet.

    Police said during the night that they believed there was only one shooter, and that this could be a person who was found dead in the building after the attack.

    Soon after the violence began, residents in the Alsterdorf district received warnings on their mobile phones of a "life-threatening situation", the DPA news agency reported.

    Student Laura Bauch, who lives nearby, said there were around four periods of shooting, German news agency DPA reported.

    “There were always several shots in these periods, roughly at intervals of 20 seconds to a minute,” she said.

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    Bauch said she looked out her window and saw a person running from the ground floor to the second floor of the Jehovah’s Witnesses hall.

    Gregor Miesbach, who lives within sight of the building, was alerted by the sound of shots and filmed a figure entering the building through a window.

    Shots can then be heard from inside during the footage and the figure later apparently emerges from the hall, is seen in the courtyard and then fires more shots through a first-floor window before the lights inside the room go out.

    Police reportedly arrived during the incident but did not use their own firearms, according to AP.

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