BERLIN — At least two people were fatally shot on Wednesday in the east German city of Halle, the police said, with local news outlets reporting that the shooting took place outside a synagogue.

It was not immediately clear if the synagogue was intended as a target. The gunmen fled the scene, and the authorities warned people to stay in their homes while they searched for the attackers.

“Several shots were fired,” the Halle police said in a statement posted to Twitter. “The suspected perpetrators fled in a vehicle.”

The police noted in a subsequent tweet that one person had been arrested, but advised residents to “stay alert.”

German media reported that the shooting took place in a neighborhood where a synagogue and Jewish cemetery are. No one in the synagogue could be immediately reached, given the Yom Kippur holiday.





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