An anti-Semitic gunman who shot two people in Germany after trying and failing to butcher worshipers in a synagogue on Yom Kippur, was a loner who lived with his mother, was revealed.
Stephan Balliet, 27, spent hours at his computer and was a user of Twitch – a live streaming service popular with video gamers – where he shared his views on Wednesday in hair-raising echoes of the Chirstchurch mosque attack in New Zealand .
It was also revealed that Balliet published a manifesto online a week ago in which he specifically spoke of attacking the synagogue in Halle while outlining his plan to kill & # 39; anti-whites & # 39; including Jews.
In the aftermath of the attack, Jewish community leaders criticized the German authorities for not having done enough to combat increasing anti-Semitism, while demanding 24-hour security for Jewish locations in the country.
& # 39; The fact that 75 years after the Holocaust such groups are winning in Germany speaks volumes, & # 39; said Ronald Lauder, head of the Jewish World Congress.
The German synagogue attacker, named in German media as 27-year-old Stephan Balliet, in a live stream of the attack
Face of the attacker: After the failed attack on the synagogue, the shooters fled in a car and then started to attack people in a nearby kebab store (photo, a shooter in the street near the store)
A man and a woman were shot on Wednesday in an attack on a synagogue in Halle, central Germany, while several others were injured. A shooter is shown outside a kebab shop close to the synagogue
Jewish leaders say the attacker tried to get into the synagogue in Halle during prayers for Yom Kipur, but was stopped by & # 39; security measures & # 39 ;. A woman was then shot in the street outside (photo, the attacker)
Armed police swarmed to the scene after the shooter opened fire. Witnesses said he used a submachine gun before he threw a grenade into a Jewish cemetery
A body lies on the street outside the synagogue, presumably that of a female passer-by who was shot when an attacker did not come into the synagogue
A kebab shop where a man is shot after the shooter threw an explosive at the entrance and then shot in the restaurant
An armed officer runs to his vehicle in Halle. The police say they have arrested a suspect and are looking for others
Police officers climb over a wall near the shooting in Halle an der Saale, East Germany
Special police officers armed with sub-machine guns patrol after the attack in Halle an der Saale on Wednesday
A police robot investigates evidence at the site of a shooting in Halle, East Germany, outside of a synagogue. There are reports that grenades were used during the attack
German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets members of the Jewish community on Wednesday evening during a vigil in Berlin
People leave candles and flowers tonight at a vigil in Halle after a man and a woman were shot dead earlier on Wednesday
Balliet was not a well-known extremist, Bild reported, and appears to have radicalized himself while living alone with his mother in Heldbra, a village about 25 miles from Halle, and spent much of his time online.
He then went to live with his mother in Heldbra, where he was staying at the time of the attack.
Balliet graduated from high school and then went on to study chemistry at a higher education institution for two semesters, but had to stop his studies after a serious stomach operation.
It is not clear what exactly he did for his work after his studies, although a neighbor said he was working as a broadcaster at the time of the attack.
Video made by Balliet during the attack suggests that he was at least familiar with combat tactics, even if he had not had formal training, because he can see that he is seeking shelter while firing his weapons and moving like a soldier.
In images that he streamed online, Balliet also claims that he built his own weapons, which indicates familiarity with mechanical engineering, although he can also be complained about the fact that his weapons keep jamming.
In his manifesto, which was published online as a PDF document, Balliet contained photos of the weapons and ammunition he used, according to the SITE extremism monitoring service.
It also referred to his livestream and his goal to prevent & # 39; anti-whites & # 39; to kill, including Jews.
& # 39; This manifest document, which appears to have been created a week ago on October 1, indicates even more how much planning and preparation & # 39; the shooter stopped the attack, said Rita Katz, director of SITE.
Forensic officers worked at the site where one of the victims was shot outside a synagogue on Wednesday
A bus whose destination sign & # 39; evacuation & # 39; is escorted by the police at the location of a shooting in Halle on Wednesday
Armed police are blocking access to a street near a shooting where two people are dead
Jewish worshipers were sealed for several hours in the synagogue while the police cleared the area before they were eventually excluded. In the photo a family celebrates their freedom
Local Jewish leaders said an attacker had tried to get into the synagogue, but security measures & # 39; resisted the attack & # 39; before he started shooting somewhere else
Armed police wear masks and helmets and close part of Halle near the scene of one of the shootings on Wednesday
While the attacker seemed to be aiming at the synagogue, Jewish community leaders said that none of the victims of the shooting seemed to be Jewish
Visitors to the synagogue are seated in a bus after a shooting in Halle after the police have sufficiently relaxed the cordon to leave
Shooter places video on Amazon's Twitch
Social media companies were confronted with anger and calls to be the last to step & # 39; after graphic images of the anti-Semitic shooting in Germany were streamed live on Twitch and viewed by thousands of people.
The 35-minute video was streamed live on Twitch, an Amazon gaming site, and remained there for 30 minutes after the broadcast ended before it was finally removed.
In those days, more than 2,000 people viewed the images and some spread it further through other social media networks.
The 35-minute video was streamed live on Twitch (file photo), an Amazon gaming site, and stayed there for 30 minutes after the broadcast ended
The shooter had created his Twitch account two months before the violence of Yom Kippur on Wednesday.
Last night there were calls for social media sites to take action to prevent their platforms from being used for violence.
& # 39; Amazon is just as guilty as Twitch for allowing this stream online & # 39 ;, said Hans-Jakob Schindler of the Counter Extremism Project.
& # 39; Online platforms must intensify and stop their services and, in turn, parent companies must hold them accountable.
& # 39; This tragic incident shows once again that a self-regulatory approach is not effective enough and unfortunately emphasizes the need for stronger regulation of the technology sector. & # 39;
& # 39; We are shocked and saddened by the tragedy that took place in Germany, and our deepest condolences go to all involved, & # 39; said a Twitch spokesperson.
& # 39; Twitch has a zero tolerance policy against hateful behavior and every act of violence is taken very seriously.
& # 39; We have worked urgently to remove this content and will permanently suspend all accounts that are determined to post or re-post content of this horrible act.
& # 39; After the video was deleted, we shared the hash with an industry consortium to help prevent the distribution of this content.
& # 39; We take this very seriously and are committed to working with industry peers, law enforcement agencies, and relevant parties to protect our community. & # 39;
The German newspaper Die Welt reported that the text, which is approximately 10 pages long and written in English, specifically mentions the plan to attack the synagogue in Halle during Yom Kippur.
The rampage was streamed live on Twitch for 35 minutes, and eventually seen by around 2,200 people, the online platform said.
The police then captured a suspect after a firefight in which the man was injured, although they refused to say whether the man they captured is the same as the one they saw online.
Balliet is thought to have tried and failed the Halle Synagogue, where about 80 people were praying before they shot through the doors, threw explosives, and then dropped bombs.
He then shot a woman down the street before turning around the corner to a kebab shop where he opened fire again, killed one man, and injured several others.
Video taken outside the store shows a man with tactical equipment and a helmet with a camera attached to it from a car and shooting several shots in the street with what appears to be an improvised shotgun.
He then walks up and down the road in full view of security cameras & # 39; s before he flees towards Wiedersdorf.
After he arrived in that village, he shot an electrician in a workshop, then stole a taxi and headed for the A9 motorway, around the city of Leipzig, before driving onto the B91 towards Zeitz.
There he was confronted with the police and arrested after a short firefight, reports Bild.
Chancellor Angela Merkel joined a solidarity watch-up in the main Berlin synagogue on Wednesday and strongly condemned the anti-Semitic disaster.
But Jewish leaders said that words were not enough, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who joined the German authorities to take resolute action against the anti-Semitism phenomenon.
The head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany tore into the authorities because they had not provided adequate security on such an important day.
& # 39; It is outrageous that the synagogue in Halle is not protected by the police on a holiday like Yom Kipur, & # 39; said Josef Schuster.
& # 39; This negligence has now been bitterly reimbursed. & # 39;
Ronald Lauder, who heads the Jewish World Congress, also emphasized: & We need action, not words & # 39; because he called for 24-hour security for Jewish locations.
& # 39; We must also immediately launch a united front against neo-Nazis and other extremist groups that threaten our well-being.
& # 39; The fact that 75 years after the Holocaust such groups are winning in Germany speaks volumes. & # 39;
In a copy of a 35-minute video, obtained by AFP, the shooter filmed himself in a crime against women and Jews before executing the attack.
The authenticity of the video has been confirmed by the SITE monitoring group, but not by the police.
Rescued members of the Jewish community wait in a bus near a shooting where two people died
The police initially advised residents to hide in their homes while searching the area for possible further attackers
Policemen with an armored vehicle block a road in Halle, Germany
A helicopter departs while the police protect the area between Wiedersdorf and Landsberg near Halle, East Germany
An officer leads a dog sniffing a bomb across the street in Halle, after reports that grenades were thrown by a shooter aiming for a synagogue in the city
A helicopter lands while the police secure the area between Wiedersdorf and Landsberg near Halle, East Germany. Gun shots were also reported in those two cities, which are close to Halle
Police officers walk on a road in Halle, Germany, while securing the area after an attack outside a synagogue
Police guard a crime scene near a synagogue after a shooting in Halle, Germany, aimed at Yom Kippur worshipers
The shooter also published an anti-Semitic & # 39; manifest & # 39; online more than a week ago, according to SITE director Rita Katz, who said the document showed pictures of the weapons and ammunition he used.
In the video he saw the synagogue door trying to force it before he shot a female passer-by. He then tried in vain to open the gate of the Jewish cemetery with explosives.
The man was later seen shooting at a patron of a kebab shop about 600 meters from the synagogue.
Jewish community leader Max Privorotzki, who was in the Halle synagogue, told the Stuttgarter Zeitung about the moving minutes when the site was attacked.
& # 39; We saw through our synagogue's camera that a heavily armed perpetrator wearing a steel helmet and rifle tried to shoot our door open. & # 39;
Between 70 and 80 people were then in the synagogue, Privorotzki said.
& # 39; We have barricaded our doors from the inside and waited for the police, & # 39; he said, adding that & # 39; we have continued our service in the meantime. & # 39;
Armed officers help a woman to cross the street, stepping around shell casings circled with spray paint on the floor
The police are blocking the area around the shooting in Halle an der Saale, East Germany
The police say they arrested a person in connection with the attack, but the resident said to hide in place while the manhunt continues (photo, an on-site ambulance)
The police protect the area after a shooting in the East German city of Halle
Among those in the synagogue were 10 Americans, as well as several Israelis, who had appeared specially in Halle to join the small local population in celebrating Yom Kipur.
& # 39; We made it through our lives, in health and great spirits, & # 39; wrote Rebecca Blady, a Jewish American community leader who was in the synagogue.
Yom Kippur – The holiest day of Judaism
Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day in Judaism that is characterized by an intensive 25-hour fast and prayer period.
The holiday started Tuesday evening and would end at the end of Wednesday. The day usually includes five prayer sessions, where followers are encouraged to repent for sins.
It is celebrated throughout the Jewish world, even by typically secular members of the faith.
The owner of the kebab store, Rifat Tekin, described the shooter as & # 39; calm as a professional & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Maybe he has done this many times. The way I make a kebab, he does this – like a professional. & # 39;
Anti-terrorist prosecutors have confirmed that they have taken over the probe due to & # 39; the particular importance of the & # 39; case involving & # 39; violent acts affecting the internal security of the Federal Republic of Germany & # 39; .
Wednesday's shootings came three months after the shocking murder in style of the murder of the local pro-migrant politician Walter Luebcke in the western city of Kassel, reportedly by a well-known neo-Nazi.
The murder of Luebcke has deeply shocked Germany and raises questions as to whether it has failed to take a growing threat from right-wing extremists seriously.
Investigators have investigated the size of the neo-Nazi ties of suspect Stephan Ernst and investigated whether he had ties with the extreme right-wing militant Cell National Socialist Underground (NSU).
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer warned last month of the increasing danger of the militant extreme right and called it & # 39; an equally big threat as radical Islamism & # 39 ;.
A police officer stands guard next to a van where his colleagues gathered near the shooting in Halle
A police robot at the scene of a shooting in which two people died in Halle, Germany
Police units walk along the wall to a Jewish cemetery near a shooting where two people are dead in Halle
Armed officers were also deployed outside a synagogue in Dresden, about 90 miles from Halle, as a precautionary measure after the attack amid fear of copy cats
Police officers secure a synagogue in Dresden, Germany, after a 90-mile shooting in Halle
Police armed with submachine guns and wearing armor and helmets protect the area around a memorial to commemorate the 1938 Crystal Night pogroms, close to the synagogue in Dresden as a precautionary measure
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