Gunmen shot multiple people at Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall in Munich, Germany, killing at least six and wounding many others.
There is a manhunt under way as officials search for the suspects involved in the suspected terror attack. There is no official casualty report. Police have spoken of an “acute terror threat.” Munich’s transit system has been shut down and police have asked people to avoid public places. The U.S. Consulate in Munich told American citizens they should “shelter in place.” Highways going out of the city were closed and checkpoints were established.
Police reported that witnesses saw three different people with guns near the mall. Security sources in Berlin said there were at least two gunmen. The shooting began at around 5:50 PM local time. A video online showed a man dressed in black firing near a McDonald’s restaurant. Another video showed a gunman, unclear if it was the same one, firing a gun while standing on top of a parking garage.
“Many shots were fired, I can’t say how many but it’s been a lot,” an employee at the mall told the media. “All the people from outside came streaming into the store and I only saw one person on the ground who was so severely injured that he definitely didn’t survive.”
“Right now, we don’t know where the perpetrator or perpetrators are Please be careful and avoid public areas,” the police said.
President Obama has spoken in support of Germany.
“We don’t yet know exactly what’s happening there, but obviously our hearts go out to those who may have been injured. It’s still an active situation, and Germany is one of our closest allies, so we are going to pledge all of the support that they may need in dealing with these circumstances.”