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Police: ‘Several dead and wounded’ in Munich mall shooting

Policemen arrive at a shopping center where a shooting was reported in Munich, Germany on Friday. | Matthias Balk/dpa news agency, distributed by the Associated Press

BERLIN — A manhunt was underway Friday for a shooter or shooters who opened fire at a shopping mall in Munich, killing and wounding several people, a Munich police spokeswoman said. The city transit system shut down and police asked people to avoid public places.

“At the moment no culprit has been arrested,” Munich police said on social media. “The search is taking place at high speed.”

Police said witnesses reported seeing three different people with guns near the Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall.

Munich police spokeswoman Claudia Kuenzel told The Associated Press there were “several dead and wounded” in the shooting. She could not provide exact numbers. The Bavarian Interior Ministry confirmed at least one dead and multiple people hurt.

In this frame grab taken from video, people run from the  Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping centre after a shooting in Munich, Germany on Friday. Munich police confirm shots have been fired at Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping center but say they don’t have
In this frame grab taken from video, people run from the Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping centre after a shooting in Munich, Germany on Friday. Munich police confirm shots have been fired at Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping center but say they don’t have any details about casualties. | Thamina Stoll/UGC, distributed by the Associated Press

Munich police spokesman Thomas Baumann told German news agency dpa the attack started at a fast food restaurant in the mall shortly before 6 p.m. local time.

Public broadcaster Bayrischer Rundfunk reported that shops in the center of Munich had closed with customers inside.

Police responded in large numbers to the mall in the northern part of Munich, not far from the city’s Olympic Stadium in the Moosach district of the Bavarian capital.

It’s the second attack in Germany in less than a week. On Monday, a 17-year-old Afghan wounded four people in an ax-and-knife attack on a regional train near the Bavarian city of Wuerzburg, and another woman outside as he fled. All survived, although one man from the train remains in life-threatening condition. The attacker was shot and killed by police.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the train attack, but authorities have said the teen likely acted alone.

Police in Munich, Germany respond to a shooting at a shopping center on Friday.  Munich police confirm shots have been fired at Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping center but say they don’t have any details about casualties. | Associated Press
Police in Munich, Germany respond to a shooting at a shopping center on Friday. Munich police confirm shots have been fired at Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping center but say they don’t have any details about casualties. | Associated Press