- 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.
Yet the local state broadcaster said there was only one location – the shopping centre.
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.
The interior ministry confirming at least three killed.
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.
“There is a major police operation under way in the shopping centre,” Munich police said on Twitter, without elaborating.
An employee inside the shopping centre told the Reuters news agency “many shots were fired”.
Video shows people fleeing from the scene, which has now been cordoned off, according to reports.
Footage shows multiple emergency services at the scene.
Germany has been on high alert after a teenage asylum seeker attacked people with an axe on a train on Monday, injuring five.
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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.
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Islamic State supporters celebrate on social media
(Reuters) – 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.
“Thank God, may God bring prosperity to our Islamic State men,” read one tweet in Arabic on an account that regularly favours the radical Islamist movement.
“The Islamic State is expanding in Europe,” read an Arabic-language tweet on another account also known to support the group.
The attack was the third major act of violence against civilian targets in Western Europe in eight days. Previous attacks in France and Germany were claimed by Islamic State and Munich police said they suspected the latest assault was a terrorist attack.
Lynn Stein was inside the shopping centre at the time
Lynn Stein, who works in a shop inside the centre, told CNN:
I was in a neighbouring store when shots were fired.
People started running. More shots were fired.
People were screaming.
Then I heard several shots at the parking house next to the mall. I went back inside the wall, to check on my co-workers.
When I went there there was a couple of people coming in towards me, and I told them to leave as I continued towards my store.
A man told me he saw a gunman.
I ran outside, and police told me to leave. Which I did.
This was about 15 minutes after it happened, and I was evacuated.
British witness Victor Wood, who lives in Munich, speaks to BBC
I was leaving the shopping centre from the side entrance and as we were about to go into the U-bahn, we heard shooting.
We couldn’t see where it was coming from – there was a building in between us.
When I got out of the U-bahn a couple of minutes later we saw all the police cars and realised what had happened.
The shopping centre is like a L-shape. It was quite busy – there were a lot of people in there.
We didn’t hear screaming but we were leaving from the side exit so it was hard to see what was going on. But local media reports someone coming out of the McDonalds and shooting a hand gun.
It took about four or five minutes for police to arrive I would say. We managed to get on one of the last trains before they closed the transport system.
Before I came out to Germany, I had been in the air force, so I am used to the sound of gunshots, and it was definitely shooting – you don’t hear that kind of sound in the city.
No one expects something like this to happen in their front garden.
I think Munich is well equipped to handle it though. Police presence is fairly low key, police officers have weapons but you don’t see people walking around with machine guns, for example.”
Munich residents open their homes to terrified locals
More from Zia Weise:
Munich residents are using the hashtag #offenetür (“open door”) to offer shelter.
There are reports (unconfirmed) on Twitter that taxi drivers are getting messages from police to avoid the city centre and not to pick up any passengers.
Situation chaotic in Munich
Our correspondent Zia Weise, who was born in Munich, has translated the German police twitter feed for us.
It gives a sense of how confused the situation remains.
We do not know where the shooter is. Take care and avoid going outside.” – 10 mins ago
We are aware of shooting rumours in city centre. Situation is unclear. Please stay inside.” – 17 mins ago (But reporters there say nothing’s happening)
Please do not put images or videos of police operations online. Do not support the perpetrators!” – 20 mins ago
Avoid public places in Munich. The situation is unclear.” – 40 mins ago
Munich residents told to stay indoors
Our correspondent, Zia Weise, reports:
Süddeutsche Zeitung is reporting an unspecified number of deaths. Police has confirmed injuries, but no deaths.
Police have told people to remain inside as the situation is still not resolved. Rumours of a second attacker in the city centre are untrue, reporters in Munich say.
The shopping centre (Olympia Einkaufszentrum) is a complex built in the 70s, close to the Olympic sports complex in Western Munich.