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

Shooter Wounds Dozens in German Movie Theater, Reports Say
Shooter Wounds Dozens in German Movie Theater, Reports Say

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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(Reporting by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Angus MacSwan)