Munich Shooting Leaves at Least 9 Dead at Olympia Shopping Center
[Editor’s note: new developments in this story may be found here: Munich Shooting: What We Know as of Saturday Morning.]
MUNICH — The Bavarian capital of Munich is under a state of lockdown after a shooting at the Olympia Einkaufszentrum or shopping center near the site of the 1972 Olympic Games.
Nine people are reported dead and many others were wounded after shots rang out shortly after 6 p.m. local time. The shooting began at a McDonald’s restaurant in the mall and witnesses reported three people with guns on a nearby street.
Munich police officials said they were looking for three suspects with “Langwaffen” or “long guns.”
The city’s U-Bahn or subway system has been shut down after reports that the suspects fled via the U-Bahn and many streets have been closed to traffic. Police are asking people to stay indoors and avoid public places.
“Right now, we don’t know where the perpetrator or perpetrators are,” the Munich police said. “Please be careful and avoid public areas.”
No arrests have been made and the police “are engaged with all possible force” a police official said, adding that the federal police and officers from areas near Munich are providing support as well.
The Olympia Einkaufszentrum is on the grounds of what was the Olympic Village in 1972, near where 11 Israeli athletes were taken hostage and killed along with a German policeman by the Palestinian terrorist group Black September.
The underground mall is the largest in both the city as well as in Bavaria and is not far from BMW’s headquarters building.
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