Employees still hiding, attacker escapes
Berlin—Several people were killed on Friday in a shooting rampage in a Munich shopping centre and the attacker or attackers are still at large, police said.
The Bild newspaper reported that a gunman ran through the mall near the Olympic stadium in the southern German city, firing on several people before fleeing in the direction of a nearby metro station.
“There are several dead and injured,” a Munich police spokesperson told AFP, adding that the shooting had started shortly before 1600 GMT at a McDonald’s restaurant.
“The attacker, or several attackers, are apparently still at large.”
The OEZ shopping centre was surrounded by armed police who were hunting for the attacker, while a helicopter flew overhead.
“There is a major police operation under way in the shopping centre,” Munich police said on Twitter, urging people to avoid the area.
Emergency vehicles were seen in the streets outside, as shoppers rushed away from the mall, some carrying children in their arms.
“Attention – avoid the neighbourhood around the OEZ. Stay in your homes. Leave the street,” the Munich police tweet said.
Germany has so far escaped the kind of large-scale jihadist attacks seen in neighbouring France.
Staff in the shopping mall where were still hiding, an employee told Reuters by telephone.
NTV television reported that German police special forces had arrived at the scene.
“Many shots were fired, I can’t say how many but it’s been a lot,” the employee, who declined to be identified, said from the mall in Munich. “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.”
Munich transport authorities said they had halted several bus, train and tram lines.
Friday’s attack took place a week after a 17-year-old asylum-seeker wounded passengers on a German train in an axe rampage claimed by Islamic State.—Reuters