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Bullet Holes Discovered in Berlin Museum of LGBT History

Schwules Museum

Police are searching for suspects who shot at the Schwules Museum, a leading archive of LGBT culture.

Several bullet holes have been discovered in the facade of an LGBT history museum.

The Schwules Museum in Berlin reported that six gunshot holes -- four in a window, and two in a window frame -- were found Monday, according to a statement on its website.

A volunteer first noticed the damage, which was located near the entrance. Museum officials called the police, who shut off the street and declared it a crime scene. They are still searching for suspects.

"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," the Schwules Museum noted.

"Many said they were 'worried' about the attacks on this institution. Realistically, anyone could have done it."

Founded in 1985, the museum was once a key gathering place for East Berlin's gay scene. Today, after reunification, it is viewed as one of the world's leading resources and archives of LGBT culture. Museum officials are considering adding the damaged window to the collection.

Recently, the museum exhibited evidence of another hate-motivated crime: the stones that smashed the windows of the Magnus Hirschfeld Zentrum in Hamburg.

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