Stephan Balliet Bio, Wiki
27-year-old Stephan Balliet has been identified as the suspect in an anti-Semitic attack on a synagogue and a shooting at a Turkish kebab shop in the eastern German city of Halle, Germany, that left at least two people dead and two more severely injured on October 9, 2019.
He is a German citizen and resides at Saxony-Anhalt, the German state that includes the city of Halle.
Stephan Balliet Shooting
Yom Kippur is Judaism’s holiest day, and between 70 and 80 people had gathered in the synagogue in the area to celebrate when they heard the shots outside the building. From the surveillance cameras, a man was seen trying to enter the building by shooting at the locks-he repeatedly shot at the door and also threw several Molotov cocktails, firecrackers, and grenades to force his way in for about five to 10 minutes in an attempted mass shooting.
According to U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, 10 Americans were inside the synagogue. No one inside the synagogue was injured or killed.
Stephan Balliet Victims
One woman was shot dead outside the synagogue near a Jewish cemetery and one man killed in a nearby kebab shop on nearby Ludwig-Wucherer-Strasse. Two others were severely hurt and were taken to hospital with bullet wounds.
Germany’s national football team is planning to hold a minute’s silence before Wednesday night’s international friendly match against Argentina.
Stephan Balliet Live Stream Video
Balliet recorded the attacks on a head-mounted camera and uploaded it online with an antisemitic and rightwing extremist rant. He was in green military gear standing at the back of a parked car, firing a rifle–The attacker broadcast about 35 minutes of footage leading up to and during the attack on Twitch.tv, a live-streaming video platform owned by Amazon that is primarily used for streaming video games, the company confirmed. The video shows he had ammunition and possible explosive devices inside his car. He also expressed anti-feminist views in the video.
The shooting has drawn comparisons to the Christchurch massacre that occurred on March 15, 2019. The gunman in that New Zealand attack also expressed far-right views and live-streamed the attack. In that shooting, 51 people were killed. The shooter posted his video on Facebook.
The live stream video posted by Balliet was taken down by Twitch but was spread by white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and others on the far right through other channels, including the encrypted messaging app Telegram. Many in those communities have been similarly praising Balliet as the Christchurch shooter, and other gunmen inspired by him, calling him a hero and “saint.”
Brielle Villablanca, a spokeswoman for Twitch said, “We worked with urgency to remove this content and will permanently suspend any accounts found to be posting or reposting content of this abhorrent act.” The company is monitoring the platform for efforts to re-upload the video and is working with other social media platforms to prevent the spread of the video.
Copies of the video appear to have been downloaded before Twitch taking action and are circulating on the web. Copies of the video of the massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, were re-uploaded to Facebook about 1.5m times in the 24 hours after that attack.
Stephan Balliet Arrest
Balliet was seen exchanging gunfire with police and he appears to be shot. As he flees again in his car, blood was seen on his neck. He drove to a business in Landsberg, in Wiedersdorf, and demanded a car from the workers inside, where he shot the car’s owner and took the taxi and fled on the A9 highway and onto B91. He was rammed by a truck in Werschen and then taken into custody. It is not clear if Balliet was injured.
Police said there was only one shooter in the incident after earlier reports indicated there were possibly two gunmen.
SITE Intelligence group
Rita Katz, the director of the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks extremism, wrote on Twitter, “The similarity between this video and New Zealand attackers underscores that these are not isolated attacks by people merely holding similar beliefs. Today’s attack is another installment from a global terrorist network, linked together via online safe havens much like ISIS.”
She tweeted, “Attacker identifies as “Anon,” meaning “anonymous user”—a nod to chan boards & other sites. Based on this vid, he appears to have worked alone. His car was loaded w seemingly homemade weapons along with a laptop and camera, suggesting a disturbing degree of planning behind his attack.
Katz added, “As horrific as the attack was, several variables (his seeming panic, locked door at synagogue, poor function of weapons) stopped it from resulting in something far deadlier, especially considering how many were presumably in the synagogue for Yom Kippur & his abundant weapons.”
As horrific as the attack was, several variables (his seeming panic, locked door at synagogue, poor function of weapons) stopped it from resulting in something far deadlier, especially considering how many were presumably in the synagogue for Yom Kippur & his abundant weapons. pic.twitter.com/ePRpNcbZ6a
— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) October 9, 2019