Man opens fire in German cinema complex, shot dead by police

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BERLIN (Reuters) - A gunman took hostages at a cinema in western Germany on Thursday before police shot him dead, a police spokesman told the N-TV television channel, adding that no other people were injured.

German television showed pictures of heavily armed police, wearing helmets and body armor, storming the Kinopolis complex in Viernheim and a couple fleeing the building.

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German media said earlier that the masked man had opened fire at the cinema complex in the small town near Frankfurt.

Police shot the man dead after elite forces stormed the complex, the Mannheimer Morgen newspaper reported, citing the interior minister of Hesse state. The man was described as "disturbed".

Bild daily said that according to police about 25 people had been exposed to tear gas.

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VIERNHEIM, GERMANY - JUNE 23: Heavily-armed police stand outside the movie theatre Kinopolis where an armed man has reportedly opened fire on June 23, 2016 in Viernheim, Germany. According to initial media reports, the man entered the cinema today at approximately 3pm, fired a shot in the air and barricaded himself inside. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images)
VIERNHEIM, GERMANY - JUNE 23: Heavily-armed police outside a movie theatre complex where an armed man has reportedly opened fire on June 23, 2016 in Viernheim, Germany. According to initial media reports, the man entered the cinema today at approximately 3pm, fired a shot in the air and barricaded himself inside. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images)
VIERNHEIM, GERMANY - JUNE 23: Heavily-armed police stand outside the movie theatre Kinopolis where an armed man has reportedly opened fire on June 23, 2016 in Viernheim, Germany. According to initial media reports, the man entered the cinema today at approximately 3pm, fired a shot in the air and barricaded himself inside. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images)
VIERNHEIM, GERMANY - JUNE 23: Heavily-armed police stand outside the movie theatre Kinopolis where an armed man has reportedly opened fire on June 23, 2016 in Viernheim, Germany. According to initial media reports, the man entered the cinema today at approximately 3pm, fired a shot in the air and barricaded himself inside. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images)
VIERNHEIM, GERMANY - JUNE 23: (EDITORS NOTE: Parts of this image have been obscured in accordance with privacy laws.) A person escapes from a movie theatre complex Kinopolis, where an armed man reportedly opened fire on June 23, 2016 in Viernheim, Germany. According to initial media reports he entered the cinema today at approximately 3pm, fired a shot in the air and barricaded himself inside. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images)
VIERNHEIM, GERMANY - JUNE 23: Heavily-armed police outside a movie theatre complex where an armed man has reportedly opened fire on June 23, 2016 in Viernheim, Germany. According to initial media reports, the man entered the cinema today at approximately 3pm, fired a shot in the air and barricaded himself inside. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images)
VIERNHEIM, GERMANY - JUNE 23: Heavily-armed police stand outside a movie theatre where an armed man has reportedly opened fire on June 23, 2016 in Viernheim, Germany. According to initial media reports, the man entered the cinema today at approximately 3pm, fired a shot in the air and barricaded himself inside. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images)
VIERNHEIM, GERMANY - JUNE 23: Heavily-armed police stand outside a movie theatre where an armed man has reportedly opened fire on June 23, 2016 in Viernheim, Germany. According to initial media reports, the man entered the cinema today at approximately 3pm, fired a shot in the air and barricaded himself inside. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images)
German police walks past a cinema complex after a masked man with a gun and ammunition belt opened fire in the small western town of Viernheim, near Frankfurt, Germany, June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ralf Banser
German special police leave their car after a masked man with a gun and ammunition belt opened fire in a cinema complex in the small western town of Viernheim, near Frankfurt, Germany, June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ralf Banser
Ambulance cars are waiting after a masked man with a gun and ammunition belt opened fire in a cinema complex in the small western town of Viernheim, near Frankfurt, Germany, June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ralf Banser
German special police leave their cars in this still image taken from video after a masked man with a gun and ammunition belt opened fire in a cinema complex in the small western town of Viernheim, near Frankfurt, Germany, June 23, 2016, injuring several people and barricaded himself inside the building. REUTERS/Rhein-Neckar-Fernsehen via REUTERS TV
A Police man stands near a cinema where an armed man barricaded himself in Viernheim, southern Germany, on June 23, 2016. No patrons of a German cinema stormed by an armed man were hurt and all have been released, Hesse state interior minister Peter Beuth said. / AFP / dpa / Boris Roessler / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read BORIS ROESSLER/AFP/Getty Images)
Police forces stand in front of a cinema where an armed man barricaded himself in Viernheim, southern Germany, on June 23, 2016. No patrons of a German cinema stormed by an armed man were hurt and all have been released, Hesse state interior minister Peter Beuth said. / AFP / dpa / Boris Roessler / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read BORIS ROESSLER/AFP/Getty Images)
A Police man prepares near a cinema where an armed man barricaded himself in Viernheim, southern Germany, on June 23, 2016. No patrons of a German cinema stormed by an armed man were hurt and all have been released, Hesse state interior minister Peter Beuth said. / AFP / dpa / Boris Roessler / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read BORIS ROESSLER/AFP/Getty Images)
Police cars drive near the cinema where an armed man barricaded himself in Viernheim, southern Germany, on June 23, 2016. No patrons of a German cinema stormed by an armed man were hurt and all have been released, Hesse state interior minister Peter Beuth said. / AFP / dpa / Simon Ribnitzky / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read SIMON RIBNITZKY/AFP/Getty Images)
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(Reporting by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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