Update: Unborn baby is among the victims of Jehovah’s Witness gun massacre

After a former member shot and killed seven people and injured eight more, the Jehovah’s Witness gun massacre in Germany also claimed the life of an unborn child.

Update: Unborn baby is among the victims of Jehovah?s Witness�gun�massacre

In the attack on Thursday, the woman survived but the unborn child perished.

Authorities have named Philipp F as the perpetrator of the atrocity, which happened in a Jehovah’s Witness meeting hall in the German city of Hamburg.

He was a former neighbourhood resident who had “bad sentiments,” according to the police.

Soon after the incident started just after 9 o’clock at night, police launched a sizable operation in the city’s Gross Borstel neighbourhood.

The man fired rounds through a window into the hall. He is said to have fired more than 100 bullets.

“I didn’t realise what was happening. I was filming with my phone, and only realised through the zoom that someone was shooting at Jehovah’s Witnesses,” Gregor Miesbach told Bild.

“I heard loud gunshots. I saw a man with a firearm shooting through a window and filmed it”.

Four men and two women were shot dead, police have said. A seven-month-old foetus was directly hit while in the womb and perished. However, its mother managed to survive the attack.

All those killed were Germans. Eight people were injured.

The BBC has reported that Philip F was a “sports shooter’ and had a gun licence. His body was found inside the building shortly after police arrived on the scene.

Police searched his unit and found 15 rounds of ammunition, reported The Sun.

German police are said to have received a tip off about the gunman prior to the shooting but did not have enough grounds to take action and instead gave him a verbal warning.

Police say that the gunman was among the dead, but have not yet released any information about a possible motive for the attack.

“We have no indications of a perpetrator on the run,” a spokesman said. “Later, police said that they had found a ‘lifeless person … who we believe could be a perpetrator.

“Investigations were ongoing to rule out the involvement of any other people.”

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