News Alert!!: Munich, Germany: Terrorist attack at the Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping center.
There has been a deadly terrorist shooting attack at the Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping center in Munich, Germany on Friday, July 22nd, 2016.
According to the Munich Police Department, at least 9 people are dead, and investigators were trying to determine if one of the dead is a suspect.
At least 10 people were injured in the deadly terrorist shooting attack.
According to Munich Police Department Spokesman Marcus da Gloria Martins, “We are operating on the premise of a terrorist attack,”
Munich Police Department Spokesman Marcus da Gloria Martins also said that authorities were looking for as many as 3 suspects, but said there has been some contradiction.
Authorities say the deadly terrorist shooting attack started at a McDonald’s attached to the Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping center at around 5:57pm local time (11:57am ET) before what were described as suspects made their way into the shopping center.
Witnesses described long guns being used in the deadly terrorist shooting attack.
According to Munich Police Department Spokesman Marcus da Gloria Martins, the suspects fled, and as authorities investigated the identity of one of the bodies a manhunt continued Friday night.
Earlier Munich Police Department said there were unconfirmed reports of violence elsewhere, but Munich Police Department Spokesman Marcus da Gloria Martins later said “we do not have any indications of threat situations beyond the OEZ area at the moment.”
The U.S. Consulate in Munich tweeted, “Closely follow police instructions and shelter in place.” The U.S. State Department urged Americans in Munich to contact loved ones. The State Department warned Americans to not attempt to travel to the U.S. consulate.
Starwood Hotels locked down its six hotels in Munich, and increased security at all of its properties in Germany, the company said. Belgium’s prime minister, Charles Michel, said he was “profoundly shocked” by the violence.
German Vice-Chancellor and Economic Minister Sigmar Gabriel called the violence “shocking” and said now is not the time for speculation.
“Thoughts are with the victims,” tweeted German Vice-Chancellor and Economic Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Twitter.
Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump said in a statement that his thoughts are with those affected.
“The rise of terrorism threatens the way of life for all civilized people,” said Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump.
Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted on Twitter, “Monitoring the horrific situation in Munich. We stand with our friends in Germany as they work to bring those responsible to justice.”
United States of America President Barack Obama said that “our hearts go out to those who may have been injured.”
“It’s still an active situation and Germany is one of our closest allies, so we are going to pledge all the support they may need in dealing with these circumstances,” said United States of America President Barack Obama.
** More information is still coming into ZachNews. **