BREAKING: Shooting Reported in Munich UPDATE: 9 Killed by Shooter Yelling “Allahu Akbar”
Two separate incidents are being reported in Munich, Germany, both are active shooter situations developing at this time.
Witnesses who escaped the Olympia Einkaufszentrum Shopping Centre in the Moosach district of Munich say there were as many as three active shooters. The interior ministry has confirmed at least three have been killed and one site is claiming police have called it a ‘terror attack’:
The Telegraph reports:
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.
“There is a major police operation under way in the shopping centre,” Munich police said on Twitter.
Police have not confirmed the death toll estimate, saying only that there have been “multiple fatalities.”
“We are dealing with a shooting rampage,” said a spokesman.
The shopping centre attack began inside a McDonald’s restaurant shortly before 6pm local time, the police spokeswoman said.
“There are still people in the shopping centre. We are trying to get the people out and take care of them,” she added.
An employee who is still inside the mall told Reuters by phone that many shots were fired – and that they saw someone who was “so severely injured that he definitely didn’t survive”.
Another shooting is also being reported in Munich at a Metro Station and Munich transport authorities say they have halted several bus, train and tram lines.
This is the second attack in Germany in less than a week. On Monday, a 17-year-old Afghan man wounded four people in an axe and knife attack on a train near the Bavarian city of Wuerzberg.
Police confirm a total of 9 people have died in what police officials said “looks like a terror attack.”
But a witness calling herself “Lauretta” told CNN her son was in the bathroom with one of the shooters at the McDonald’s before the rampage began.
“That’s where he loaded his weapon,” she said. “I hear like an alarm and boom, boom, boom… And he’s still killing the children. The children were sitting to eat. They can’t run.” Lauretta said she heard the gunman say, “Allahu Akbar,” or God is great. “I know this because I’m Muslim. I hear this and I only cry.”
Police have confirmed six deaths and several wounded at the Olympia mall and the attackers are still on the run.
Police are continuing to advise people to avoid all public places.
Public transport has been suspended and the central railway station has been evacuated.
Police are still describing it as “an acute terror situation”.
2:49 p.m. Unconfirmed video claims to have caught raw footage of the shooter and the first moments of his rampage outside the McDonalds in Munich, Germany: