Police secures the area inside a shopping center in Munich on Friday.
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Police officers respond to the shooting at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum in Munich.
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Police run near a shopping mall amid a reported shooting in Friday.
Fire fighters gathering at the entrance of a shopping centre in which a shooting was reported.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Friday, July 22, 2016, 2:30 PM
A shopping center “shooting spree” by a trio of gunmen in Munich left a half-dozen people dead and several more wounded Friday evening, police and news reports said.
Witnesses reported spying three armed suspects blasting away inside the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum Shopping Mall once the shooting erupted around 6 p.m.
The gunfire began inside a McDonald’s restaurant at the mall, according to public broadcaster Bayrischer Rundfunk. There was no motive or explanation for the killings provided by police.
Grabs from a video show one of the suspects outside a McDonalds.
“The shooter or shooters are still on the run,” said police spokeswoman Claudia Kvenzel. “We believe we are dealing with a shooting rampage … Please avoid public places.”
Cops reported the hunt for the killers was taking place “at high speed,” and it was unclear if the killers remained inside the mall — where shoppers were reportedly locked inside sores.
“I heard several shots,” mall worker Jill Stein told CNN. “People started running. I went outside as well; more people running outside. I think I heard more shots. Then it sounded like he went to the parking house next to the mall — several shots there.”
A massive police response ensued once the shooting began at the mall a short distance from the Olympic Stadium. People can be seen fleeing buildings in several videos posted to social media.
Map shows location of Olympia Shopping Mall outside of Munich, Germany.
The area around the shopping center, in the district of Moosach, was sealed off by police. People were ordered to stay indoors, and public transportation in the area was suspended.
Police are asking people to avoid the area. Public transportation has been suspended as police operations continue.
Police “told everyone to clear off the area and go to the other side of the street,” according to a witness.
German authorities have warned more “lone wolf” style attacks are likely to take place in Europe.
German Justice Minister Heiko Maas, speaking before Friday’s attack, said there was “no reason to panic but it’s clear that Germany remains a possible target.”
Four days ago, a 17-year-old asylum seeker from Afghanistan seriously wounded four people during a train attack in Germany before he was killed by police.
With News Wire Services.