After the shots were fired at the former rabbi’s house at the old synagogue in Essen, the police are still looking for the perpetrator. “The search continues,” said a spokesman for the Essen police control center. A special organizational structure (BAO) of the police should take care of the case. In addition, the presence at the building complex in Essen’s city center was strengthened: where there was usually one patrol car posted at the building, on Saturday morning there were at least two.
The background is a so-called awareness decree from the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of the Interior, which was sent to all district police authorities on Friday as an “immediate reaction to the shots”. In it, the authorities are instructed to review their personal and property protection measures “against the background of the event in Essen” and adjust them if necessary.
Because of the shots, the SPD and FDP parliamentary groups requested a special session of the state parliament’s interior committee. The motion of the two opposition parties stated that against the background of the worrying increase in anti-Semitic crimes, the state government should report on the status of the investigations, the known background of the crime and on measures to protect Jewish institutions in NRW in a special session of the interior committee.
Call for witnesses after video recording of the alleged perpetrator
Bullet holes were discovered on Friday morning in a door to the rabbi’s house at the Old Synagogue. At least four shots were fired. Nobody got hurt. An institute for German-Jewish history is housed in the building hit. It borders directly on the Old Synagogue, which is no longer used as a place of worship. Instead, it houses the “House of Jewish Culture” of the city of Essen.
On Friday evening, more than 50 people gathered at the crime scene for a vigil and put out candles. The alliance “Eating is transverse” had called for her.
According to the North Rhine-Westphalian Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU), a previously unknown man can be seen on a video as the alleged perpetrator. State security is investigating. The police are looking for witnesses who made observations around the synagogue between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. on Friday night. The bullet holes in the front door, which were apparently caused by a sharp weapon, were reported by witnesses on Friday morning.