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Unidentified Assailants Fire Shots at Berlin’s Museum Dedicated to LGBT History and Culture

On Monday, staff members noticed possible bullet holes in the windows and window frames of the Schwules Museum*—an institution devoted to communicating the history and culture of LGBT communities—in Berlin, the Berliner Zeitung reports.

The police confirmed that projectiles were found on the ground by the entrance to the museum, but the type of gun the assailants used is still unknown. The police speculate that the weapon may have been an air rifle. Officials from the police department for state security are in charge of the investigation and are looking into whether this crime was motivated by homophobia.

In a statement, the museum confirmed that its staff members are worried.
“Most of the people working at the museum are volunteers who are here because they enjoy being in a safe environment where they are accepted for who and what they are.”

Founded in 1985, the museum, which celebrated its thirtieth anniversary last year, has been at its current location since 2013.