- Gunman in Munich opens fire at a McDonalds by the Olympia shopping centre
- Police describe shooting as terrorism
- Police hunt three gunmen, believed to still be in Munich
- Eight confirmed dead
- Unconfirmed reports that there could be shootings in city centre
- Islamic State supporters celebrate on social media
Munich police are hunting for a possible three gunmen who they believe have carried out an attack at a shopping centre and McDonalds restaurant.
On Twitter, the local forces said shootings had taken place at Hanauer street, which is the location of both the Olympia shopping center and the adjoining McDonalds.
Reports of the gunman’s behaviour were confused and contradictory.
A Muslim woman told CNN that she heard the gunman yell: “Allahu Akbar,” yet video footage showed a gunman ranting against foreigners and Turks, suggesting a Neo Nazi attack.
Children were said to be targeted.
Police described the attacks simply as terrorism, and said the gunman or gunmen are believed to still be in the city.
Lynn Stein, who works inside the Olympia centre, told CNN a woman told her “masked gunmen dressed in black” had been seen running through the centre.
Germany’s Muencher Abendzeitung reported that the death toll was higher, with up to 15 people killed in the incident at the Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping centre.
Police told another paper, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, that there were multiple deaths.
“There is a major police operation under way in the shopping centre,” Munich police said on Twitter, without elaborating.
An employee inside the shopping centre told the Reuters news agency “many shots were fired”.