This is the hate-filled anti-Semitic gunman — suspected of murdering two people and planning a synagogue massacre — as he headed to a German court.
Stephan Balliet, 27, arrived under heavy police guard on a German federal police helicopter on Thursday — eight special forces officers in tactical gear escorting him from the chopper to a waiting police van.
The suspect wore a white prison jumpsuit and a bandage around his neck, presumably from injuries sustained during his murderous spree in the city of Halle Wednesday.
Balliet’s hands were restrained to his waist and his feet shackled as he was escorted to federal court, which heard how the suspect wanted to “carry out a massacre” modeled on the deadly Christchurch mosque shooting in March.
“What we experienced yesterday was terrorism,” federal prosecutor Peter Frank told reporters. “According to our findings, the suspect Stephan B. aimed to carry out a massacre.”
Frank said Balliet was motivated by “scary anti-Semitism, xenophobia and racism” and had armed himself with eight pounds of explosives.
The gunman livestreamed his deadly rampage and reportedly considered also attacking a mosque before trying to break into a synagogue in Halle on Yom Kippur — the holiest day of the year in Judaism.