Update on Shooting at German Movie Theater


Reports are coming in from Germany that an armed assailant has stormed the Kinopolis movie theater and opened fire, leaving dozens wounded at this time:

Some outlets are reporting that a possible hostage situation has emerged.

The town of Viernheim is located in the southeastern portion of the country. According to Haaretz News Media:

A masked man with a gun and ammunition belt opened fire in a cinema complex in the small western German town of Viernheim, near Frankfurt, injuring between 20 and 50 people and barricaded himself inside.

The complex has been surrounded by law enforcement according to CNN’s Frederik Pleitgen. While the motivation of the shooter is unknown, German authorities have been on high alert for several months, as the country has found itself at the center of European counterterrorism concerns.

UPDATE — 11:06 a.m. ET: Local media reports are indicating that the shooter has been “shot dead by police.”

CNN has reported that the number of people injured in the attack has been determined to be 25 at this time. This story is breaking as details are emerging, and we will update accordingly.

UPDATE — 11:56 a.m. ET: Foreign Affairs correspondent Richard Engle has confirmed through NBC News that there are now no other injuries to report:

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