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Friday, July 22

Multiple shootings at German shopping mall and railway station; single assailant at large (UPDATED 1:30, 3:00, 3:30 PM)

3:30 UPDATE (W-TOP Radio) Moments ago German police confirmed 5 dead and are treating shootings as a terrorist incident.

UPDATE
2:30 PM EDT report from J.J. Green, CBS security correspondent, on W-TOP all-news station in Washington, DC.  

> German police saying this is most probably a terrorist attack, that it could be connected with recent threats from various terror groups to attack Germany, and might be connected with ax attack on a German train (in Bavaria) a few days ago.
> Police confirm 6 dead; toll could rise.  [AP 3:16 PM EDT report:  Bavarian public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk says six people have been killed in the attack but police are only confirming "several dead and wounded" at the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall in the northern section of the Bavarian capital. Police say witnesses have seen three people with what appear to be rifles."]
> There could be more than one shooter; eyewitness reports of 2, 3.  Police have been unable to locate shooter(s). Have asked the public to stop posting images of police actions; the concern is that the shooters are using the postings to help them evade police.  (Mumbai scenario.)  
> Possible shootings at 3 different locations in Munich
> All public transport  -- train, subway, buses -- has been suspended; residents have been told to stay inside.

UPDATE 1:30 PM EDT

Conflicting reports on the shooting. From Sputnik's report, taken from German media, it's possible there was no shooting at a "railway" station despite "eyewitness" accounts. A breaking news report from ABC News (U.S.) cites reports that the shooter fled to a "subway" station: 

"All subway services in the city were halted after reports that the suspect fled into the subway."

See the Sputnik report, below, after the RT one.

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RT, 17:06:

Multiple casualties are reported in a shooting at the Olympia shopping mall in Munich, Germany. Police confirmed that shots have been fired in the mall but gave no information on casualties.

Reports on casualties differ. According to the local Muencher Abendzeitung, 15 might have been killed in the center, while German NTV channel puts the death toll at 10.

One person has been killed and 10 injured, according to police cited by AFP.

An assailant has shot people in a cafe located in the shopping center and at a railway station, German BR24 news reports, citing eyewitnesses.

The shooter is apparently still on the run, German media reports, citing police.

A man entered the shopping mall and randomly opened fire, injuring many people, a person periscoping from the scene said. Then the shooter reportedly left the center and headed toward a railway station.

There is a heavy police presence at the [mall] at the moment, police said in a Twitter post, calling on people to avoid the area near the shopping mall.


[END RT REPORT]

Sputnik, 20:20

[...] 15 people were killed in the shooting, according to media reports. Police confirmed that death of one man. Shooting took place at the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall in the Moosach district of Munich, Germany.

Police are carrying out a major operation near the shopping center, the Bild newspaper reported.

According to the Abendzeitung Muenchen newspaper, the police were notified of the events at 15:52 GMT.

Police confirm that people were killed, but do not specify the number of victims.

Police of Olympia Park Station in Munich told Sputnik Friday they did not have any information on victims of a shooting that took place in a shopping center in the German city.

"We are receiving calls confirming that there were shooting in the shopping mall but we don’t have information on victims," the police said.

According to police sources, the perpetrator of the shooting spree at the shooping center in Munich may still be inside the building.

Munich police is currently conducting a major operation in the vicinity of the shopping center where the shooting took place, and requests citizens to avoid that area.

[END SPUTNIK REPORT]

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