FRANKFURT — German police put parts of Munich under lockdown this afternoon after at least three reported gunmen opened fire in a busy shopping center area and fled the scene, authorities said. A German broadcaster reported at least five people killed.
But there remained no clear details from officials on how the attacks unfolded or the full scope of the bloodshed at the Olympia shopping complex.
A manhunt was launched as helicopters fanned out over the city, and Munich’s transit system was shut down. Residents were asked to stay off the streets.
Munich police spokesman Peter Beck said authorities believe at least three attackers were “armed with long guns.” They were still at large more than two hours after the assault.
The German regional broadcaster BR reported at least five people killed, the Associated Press reported. Germany’s DPA news agency earlier quoted police as saying that “we expect multiple dead.” No further details were immediately given.
President Obama released a statement saying our hearts go out to the wounded and pledges any support that they may need.
State Department is asking all U.S citizens in Germany to shelter in place and contact their loved ones