The shooter(s) is/are still at large and police are telling people to stay indoors. Witnesses say the gunman screamed ‘I’m German’ and ‘f*** foreigners’ before shooting so it is unknown if this attack is ISIS related but this is the second attack Germany has had in less than a week.
Munich is in lockdown tonight as at least six people have been killed and 10 injured in a shooting rampage involving three gunmen.
A major police operation is ongoing around the city’s Olympic Park, with the force warning people to stay in their homes and avoid public spaces as they admitted they don’t know where the gunmen are.
Terrified shoppers were seen running for their lives from the Munich Olympia Shopping Centre, in the district of Moosach, after hearing gunshots.
Witnesses said that the gunman screamed ‘I’m German’ and ‘f*** foreigners’ before shooting.
A video purporting to show the shooter, dressed in black, firing 20 shots has been posted on Twitter. The footage shows him outside a McDonald’s directly outside the shopping centre.
In unverified footage, a man with dark hair, wearing a black t-shirt and denim trousers, appears to take aim at people outside a McDonald’s restaurant near the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum metro station.
He raises his arms, apparently holding a shotgun, and appears to fire at people outside the restaurant, who can be seen running for cover.
The sound of multiple shots being fired can be heard as shoppers and passers-by run for cover. People were seen fleeing from the building in another video posted on social media.
The area around the Munich Olympia Shopping Centre, in the district of Moosach, has been sealed off as emergency services try to control the situation. Snipers in helicopters are circling the city from above, according to Bild.
An electrical shop next to the shopping centre is being used as a makeshift hospital to treat the casualties.
Off-duty doctors and nurses have been summoned to hospitals in Munich, with a hospital spokesperson telling DPA: ‘The alarm for a ‘mass attack’ has been triggered.’
Police have confirmed that there at least six deaths as a result of the incident and German media have reported there may be up to 15 killed.
Tonight, Munich police tweeted: ‘We currently do not know where to find the perpetrators. Watch yourself and avoid to be the public’.
A second shooting has taken place near Marienplatz subway station, which is just four miles from the Olympic Park area.
Despite reports on social media, Munich Fire Department said it was not aware of a separate shooting at the city’s Stachus central square
Munich Police said in a statement: ‘At around 5.50pm (local time) today there were witnesses who called the police and said there was a shooting at the Hanauer Street.
‘The shooting moved from that street to the shopping centre. The witnesses said there were three different people with weapons.
‘At the moment no culprit has been arrested. The search is taking place at high speed.’
A police reporter for Bavarian Radio said police were moving people off the streets in central Munich as they search for the perpetrators.
‘All of the police forces are at the shopping centre and at the official places in Munich as well and they’re calling out that nobody’s allowed to go to the official places,’ the reporter, Lena Deutch, told the BBC.
‘They are trying to close everything down because we do not know where this person who’s been doing the shooting is at the moment.’
It is reported that at least one of the gunman fled after his shooting spree on the city underground network, which has now been shut down. The country’s train operator confirmed the main station had been evacuated.
Photos flashed on to social media sites of at least one body covered by aluminium sheets.
‘Stay in your homes. Leave the road!’ Polizei München said in a Tweet.
A spokesman for the German police said there was a ‘shooting spree’. An official at the Munich Olympia Shopping Centre declined comment, saying only, ‘We are experiencing a problem.’
- Gunman in Munich opens fire at a McDonalds by the Olympia shopping centre
- Unconfirmed reports that there could be shootings in city centre
- Unconfirmed reports that there were three locations
- Interior ministry says at least three killed
- Gunmen still on the loose
- Islamic State supporters celebrate on social media
Munich police are hunting for three gunmen who they believe have carried out attacks at three locations in the city.
On Twitter, the local forces said shootings had taken place at Hanauer Straße, then the Riesstraße, and also at the Olympia shopping center.
Lynn Stein, who works inside the Olympia centre, told CNN a woman told her “masked gunmen dressed in black” had been seen running through the centre.
Germany’s Muencher Abendzeitung reported that the death toll was higher, with up to 15 people killed in the incident at the Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping centre.
Police told another paper, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, that there were multiple deaths.
8:23 PM: Munich police giving press conference now
– Attack is terrorism
– At least five dead; unclear if children involved
– We believe three perpetrators, we think still at large
– They used a long weapon, longer than a pistol, something like a rifle
– We assume the gunmen are still in Munich
8:20 PM: Obama speaking now
We don’t yet know what is happening there.
Obviously our heart goes out to those caught up with it.
It’s a good reminder of something I’ve said over the last few weeks.
Our way of life, our freedoms, our ability to go about our daily lives, to raise our kids, to see them grow up and leave – I’m sorry, I’m getting too personal.
That all depends on law enforcement.
Obviously we have gone through a really tough time in the last few weeks, on a whole lot of fronts.
In recent weeks I’ve had the job of speaking to the widows of those police killed in Baton Rouge.
He is still speaking now, but has moved on to domestic issues.
8:01 PM: Islamic State supporters celebrate on social media
Supporters of the Islamic State jihadi group celebrated on social media a shooting rampage in a shopping mall in the southern German city of Munich on Friday that killed and wounded many people.