Shooting in German cinema, several injured

A heavily armed man who barricaded himself in a cinema in the German town of Viernheim has been shot dead. His motives are still not known.

The gunman has been shot dead, according to the state interior minister of Hesse, Peter Beuth.
He took hostages at a German cinema in the small town of Viernheim, near Frankfurt, before the police stormed the building. The public broadcaster Hessischer Rundfunk tweeted a video from Viernheim:

“The assailant moved through the cinema complex, according to the information we have now, and appeared confused,” Peter Beuth said.
“There were hostages inside and there was a struggle (with police) until in the end he was dead,” the state interior minister of Hesse added.

Police spokesman Bernd Hochstaedter said authorities were told early Thursday afternoon that an armed man had entered the Kinopolis movie theater and that shots apparently had been fired. He confirmed that police shot the man dead after elite forces stormed the cinema complex, adding that all the hostages were released.