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Several Killed In Shooting At Munich Shopping Center

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German police say several people have been killed after gun shots were fired in a shopping center in the southern city of Munich.

The shooting at the Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping center on July 22 sparked a major police operation, with German special forces arriving at the scene.

Munich police spokesman Thomas Baumann told Germany’s dpa news agency that the attack began at a fast food restaurant in the shopping center shortly before 1800 local time. He said police did not know whether they were dealing with one or multiple shooters.

Police said no one had yet been captured.

Germany’s Muencher Abendzeitung newspaper reported that up to 15 people were killed in the attack.

The Bild newspaper reported that a gunman ran through the shopping center near the Olympic stadium, firing on people before escaping in the direction of a subway station.

There were reports that staff were still hiding in the shopping center.

Police closed off a large area around the shopping center after the shots were fired.

Television images showed dozens of emergency vehicles outside the shopping center.

Munich transport authorities said they had halted several bus, train, and tram lines.

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