Shooting At Mall in Germany Left Several Dead

Time: 9:20 p.m. CEST Update: July 23, 12:33 a.m. CEST

Police operation in Munich after the shooting rampage on Friday is still ongoing on early Saturday local time with police saying the situation is still not clear.

Police in Germany confirmed several people died in a shooting inside a shopping center in Munich and warned people to remain indoor and to stay away of the streets. Munich Police said late Friday they are “verifying the possibility of one dead person being involved in the shooting.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will convene security council after the shooting rampage with fatalities in Munich, which is the third largest city in Germany. Police in Munich said they know for at least 10 injured people.

Six hours after the initial shooting there is no final number on the death toll. The latest information from the police in Munich, published on their official Twitter account said, “sadly there are eight fatal casualties now.” Later, police in Munich added that they are verifying the possibility of one dead person being involved in the shooting.

In the attack that is carried out by one or more attackers several people were injured and some of the workers in the mall reportedly could not leave the building.

Law enforcement officers in Germany were on alert since Monday when a teenage migrant stabbed and injured five people in Bavaria.

Special police officers arrived at the scene and the main train station was evacuated. Police in Munich said to the people to avoid public spaces, but the police did not know where the perpetrator or perpetrators are.

A person who heard shoots on Hanauer Street, moving into Ries Street and the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum, or Olympic shopping mall called the police on Friday. A mobile video circulating on the social networks appeared. The video shows a man dressed in black, who opened a fire near a McDonald’s restaurant to people walking close to the fast-food restaurant.

After the incident, the public transport in Munich are not working at the moment and the Munich police requested cooperation by the public if they recorded any video and photo of the shooting. At the same time, they request not publishing photos and videos of the shooting.

President Barack Obama, who was addressing the issues of 21st century policing, pledged any support to Germany from the U.S. The White House press secretary Josh Earnest in a statement published by the White House said, “we condemn in the strongest possible terms the apparent terrorist attack in Munich.”


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