German police have shot dead a masked man after entering a movie theater in southwestern Germany with what appeared to be a rifle and taking several hostages.
The armed man entered the Kinopolis movie theater in the town of Viernheim in the early afternoon and apparently fired a gun.
Christiane Kobus, a police spokeswoman said the man held several people hostage but she didn’t have a precise number.
Officers “successively entered the cinema and were able to locate the man and the people he was holding. “There was a threat situation and the man was then shot dead by a colleague”, she said.
No one was hurt in the 3 hour engagement.
She added that she had no information on the assailant’s identity and motives.
Hesse state’s interior minister, Peter Beuth, said it wasn’t clear whether the weapon was functional, and police said they were still checking that. Beuth told the regional legislature in Wiesbaden that the man was masked and that apparently four shots were fired.
It was said the man gave an impression to be confused.