A gunman reportedly took hostages and opened fire at German movie theater in Viernheim, Germany. The situation was resolved when the gunman was killed by police.
No hostages were injured, however first reports from all major media outlets said up to 50 people were injured sparking a global media storm of inaccurate reporting. None were injured but were instead all reacting to the police’s tear gas which caused the initial inaccuracies around the world.
The masked gunman was inside and barricaded himself in after reportedly firing four shots. Local media reported that the gunman was shot and killed by police.
Authorities say that the gunman who was heavily armed entered the movie theater around 3 p.m local time. The man entered the movie theater with what was to be believed to be a rifle. Some reports say the gun may not have been real and may have been a stun gun or gas cartridge gun.
“There were hostages in the vicinity of the individual. It was at this point that he was fatally shot by special forces,” Hesse Interior Minister Peter Beuth told CNN.
The movie theater is located in a large shopping center that contains more than 100 businesses.
While the motive for the attack is unclear, police have said that Germany could be a target for ISIS.
Germany has recently been a hotbed for allowing refugees into the country. More than one million were admitted into the country last year, causing concerns that ISIS has infiltrated it.
Germany is considered to have some of the strictest gun control laws in the world. The German Weapons act, which was originally formed in 1972, regulates the handling of firearms and ammunition and the handling of knives as well as acquisition, storage, commerce and maintenance of weapons.
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