Shooter Holds Hostages At German Movie Theater

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

An armed gunman caused chaos early Thursday when he barricaded himself in a movie theater just outside of Frankfurt, in the town of Viernheim, and while early reports came in that 20 to 50 people had been injured, the end result fared much better with only the gunman being shot and killed by German police.

The media quickly scrambled to find Islamic motives or comparisons to the recent shooting in Orlando, but security sources have stated that the incident appears to be noting more than a lone perpetrator and not a terrorist.

In a statement made by police spokesman Bernd Hochstaedter, authorities were made aware of an armed man entering the Kinopolis theater and that shots were fired. Elite forces entered the theater, shot the gunman, and released the hostages.

There has been some confusion as to whether or the gunman’s weapon was real, and some sources originally claimed that injuries in the theater were due to the firing of tear gas, but that was later denied.

An employee at the theater, Guri Blakaj, said that he saw the man at the popcorn counter with a gun, but assumed it was part of a costume. In an interview with media outside the theater, Blakaj said the man ordered him at gunpoint to close the doors and fired at another worker. That worker was not injured.

Several reports from people inside the theater have pegged the gunman as being young and very confused. No Additional details have been released on the gunman as of yet.

Sources: DW, hessenschau

Photo: hessenschau

Stephen Fuchs
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