Twitch 'Shocked and Saddened' by Livestream of German Synagogue Shooting

Saturday, 12 Oct, 2019

A heavily armed assailant ranting about Jews tried to force his way into a synagogue in Germany on Yom Kippur, Judaism's holiest day, then shot two people to death nearby in an attack Wednesday that was livestreamed on a popular gaming site. He then, using what he describes as an improvised weapon, shoots a woman happening to pass by his vehicle on the street and drives to a nearby kebab shop, where he shoots a man inside several times. Two people were also wounded by bullets and underwent surgery.

Police said they had detained one person, reported by German magazines Spiegel and Focus Online to be a 27-year-old German named Stephan B. His full name can not be published under German privacy laws.

He said before the shooting that Jews were "the root" of "problems" such as feminism and "mass immigration", according to a group that tracks online extremism.

"This account was created about two months prior to streaming the shooting and had attempted to stream only once before", said Twitch.

Official figures published by the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) showed that 1,799 cases of anti-Semitic crimes were registered in 2018, nearly 20 percent more than in the previous year.

Let us recall that on October 27, 2018, in the synagogue of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania), a 46-year-old American Robert Bowers committed a terrorist attack, during which 11 people were killed and 6 more were injured, among them 4 policemen.

Germany's federal prosecutor Peter Frank said: "What we experienced (on Wednesday) was terrorism".

Malchow also defended police in Halle who took 15 minutes to reach the synagogue, saying they could only respond after receiving reports about the incident, and that armored units often had to come from greater distances.

Survivors say they hid behind the synagogue's heavy locked doors until police arrived, which took more than 10 minutes.

After failing to gain entry to the synagogue, Balliet shot a passerby, a woman in her 50s. Stephan B. returned to his auto to fetch another weapon with which he killed the injured man with several more rounds, the prosecutors said. "But our doors held".

"Our solidarity is with Germany's Jews on this Yom Kippur". At a vigil the night of the attack, Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "My goal and that of the government is to do everything possible to ensure that you can live in safety, but this day shows us that this is not so simple and that we must do even more".

"Everybody in our country must stand up to antisemitism", Maas tweeted. The killer pronounced anti-Semitic statements and Nazi-like slogans.

Germany's population of some 83 million includes about 200,000 Jews. "He didn't say anything".

The shooter had a camera mounted on his head, just like the Christchurch shooter in New Zealand - in which the livestream was hosted on Instagram first and then linked to 8chan. "I was hiding behind the salad counter".

Broadcasters showed images of the alleged perpetrator dressed in combat garb including a helmet. The suspect in Luebcke's killing is a far-right extremist with a string of convictions for violent anti-migrant crimes.

"We talked about the attack with our synagogue worshipers".