The Schwules Museum in Berlin reported that six gunshot holes — four in a window, and two in a window frame- were found on Monday.
Founded in 1985, the museum was once a key gathering place for East Berlin’s gay scene. Today, it is regarded as one of the world’s leading archives of LGBT culture.
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.
A statement released on their website said: “On Monday a volunteer noticed several gunshot holes in the front window of our museum, right next to the entrance. We contacted the police immediately, who came a few minutes later to examine the crime scene… Half a dozen officers started to secure the evidence. It turned out that there were not only four shot holes in the window, but also two in the window frame.”
There are no leads as of last reporting, though police are tirelessly working to figure out who might have taken the shots against the museum. Museum officials say they are concerned for the safety of their workers, most of whom are volunteers.
“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 museum has recently marked its 30th anniversary with a celebratory show, on view through May 12, re-examining objects in the museum’s collection. The show includes a portrait of Lenin, who decriminalised homosexuality in Soviet Russia in 1922. It didn’t take long before it had become a criminal offence again, under Stalin.