Gunman who opened fire in German cinema complex shot dead
Berlin, June 23 (IANS) An armed man has been killed after he opened fire in a cinema complex in western Germany on Thursday, according to German media. Up to 50 people were wounded in the shooting.
The German Interior Ministry confirmed that the man was shot in the town of Viernheim, local media said.
There were also unconfirmed reports that 40 people were being held hostage by the gunman.
The shooter, wearing a mask and a cartridge belt around his shoulder, entered the Kinopolis in Viernheim around 3 p.m.
The shooter barricaded himself inside the premises.
Officers, including some from the special task force, arrived at the scene and cordoned off the area, media reports said.
A spokesman for the local Darmstadt police spoke only of a “vague threats,” Tagesschau daily reported.
Masked Gunman Shot Dead After Injuring Nearly 50 In German Cinema: Reports
Frankfurt, Germany (Reuters): A masked man opened fire in a cinema complex in the small western German town of Viernheim, near Frankfurt, on Thursday, German media reported.
Police shot the man dead after elite forces stormed the complex, the Mannheimer Morgen newspaper reported, citing the interior minister of Hesse state.
The Darmstaedter Echo said 20 to 50 people had been wounded.
But Bild daily said that according to police, about 25 people were hurt because of exposure to tear gas.
Earlier, Focus Online magazine reported that German police had arrested the man.
Police were not immediately available for comment.
Several media reported that the man had entered the cinema complex at around 3 pm local time (1500 GMT). The Frankfurter Allgemeine said it was unclear if there was a political or ideological motive or whether it was a robbery that went wrong.