Gunman Reportedly Injures At Least 25 People in German Cinema


A masked gunman wearing a cartridge belt around his shoulder opened fire Thursday in a movie theater in a small town south of Frankfurt in western Germany, injuring at least 25 people, according to German media reports.

The German newspaper Bild said the gunman fired into the air and sent dozens of screaming theatergoers fleeing from the cinema. Bild said “several people” have been injured. Germany public TV said 25 people were injured in the melee.

The gunman was masked and fired at least four shots, the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper reports. Authorities have dispatched elite units to the scene, which was quickly cordoned off.

Police spokeswoman Christiane Kobus reported a “threat situation,” but had no additional details on the incident at the Kinopolis movie theater in the town of Viernheim, which is about 45 miles south of Frankfurt, the Associated Press reports.

SOURCE: USA Today, Doug Stanglin; The Associated Press