Police shoot and kill gun wielding man after he opens fire in German cinema, over 25 people injured (photos)


An attack at a cinema in Viernheim, Germany,
has left at least 20 people injured. Police shot
and killed a gun-holding man today after the
masked attacker who wore an ammunition belt,
stormed a movie theater and opened fire.
Police spokesman Bernd Hochstaedter said the
armed man had entered the Kinopolis movie
theater in the small western town of Viernheim,
about 45 miles south of Frankfurt, around 3 p.m
and fired at least one shot before barricading
himself inside…


Recounting what happened, The interior minister
of the state of Hessen, Peter Beuth said: The
police received an emergency call at 2:45pm
[12:45 GMT]. The caller said there was a
masked man armed with a long gun and it was
unclear whether it was a real gun. The caller
heard four shots and said that the masked man
appeared a little mentally unstable. Police
special forces were called and a large group of
heavily-armed police stormed the cinema and
gained entrance. He has been shot dead and the
motive for the attack for is unclear for now.


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Initial media reports suggested that as many as
50 people had been injured inside the movie
theater, although police insisted that only the
attacker, who was killed by cops, was shot but
about 25 people have been injured by the tear
The identity of the man, and details to know if
he was a terrorist, are yet to be revealed.

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