At least two people are dead after gunshots were fired near a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle on Wednesday, authorities said.
One person was arrested after the suspected assailants fled in a vehicle, police said. Witnesses say at least one shooter was wearing a helmet and military-style camouflage, reported The Associated Press and BBC.
Pictures of the scene show a body covered by a tarp in the street.
The shooting took place on Yom Kippur, one of the holiest days in Judaism. Max Privorotzki, a leader of the local Jewish community, told German news magazine Der Spiegel that gunmen tried to storm the synagogue, but were driven back by security personnel. He said there were 70 to 80 people inside at the time.
Police have asked everyone near the shooting scene to stay inside as the investigation continues. Additional police officers have been sent to neighboring synagogues as a precaution, reported The Washington Post.
“Our forces have detained one person,” Halle police said in a tweet. “We remain alert, however. We have deployed forces in and around Halle and are trying to stabilize the situation until we have all the relevant information.”
The main train station in Halle, a city of about 240,000 located about 100 miles southwest of Berlin, has been closed, Reuters reported.
Gunshots also were reported about 10 miles east in Landsberg. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the shootings are connected.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.