MUNICH – Shots have been fired in a shopping mall in Munich, Germany and local police say they are expecting ‘multiple dead.’
Munich police confirmed there has been shooting at the Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping centre. At least 9 people have died in the “shooting rampage”, while police believe there is more than one shooter.
A swarm of police officers and tactical units are now in the area.
“At the moment, we have a large police operation. Please avoid the area around the shopping centre,” read a tweet from Munich Police.
Residents have been told to stay indoors and avoid the area where the shooting occurred during the police operation.
This is the second violent incident to take place in Germany this week. On Monday, a teenager from Afghanistan armed with an axe and a knife attacked passengers aboard a regional train in southern Germany, injuring four people before he was shot and killed by police as he fled.
Police spokesman Peter Beck said that they “can’t give a precise number for those wounded. They have been taken to Munich hospitals. The hunt for suspects is still ongoing.”
Police said there are multiple unconfirmed reports of “more violence and possible gunfire in the City Center,” the force said on social media. “Please avoid public areas.”
As of 11:30 local time, Munich was on lockdown, with travel in and out of the city restricted.