You have to search through many media sources to piece the details together. An eyewitness told Bild that the attacker was speaking in “broken German language.” The only hint that he is a Muslim is mentioned in claims that the police said that they “currently have no leads linking the man to radical Islam”, and other motives are being looked into.
But police were reportedly investigating an explosive vest and a hand grenade found on his body “to see if they were genuine”. [Oh boy, the denials!]. There was no word on the hostage-taker’s ethnicity or background. Witnesses described him as being between 18 and 25 years old.
Doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the Merkel government and the EU gave instructions to authorities to hide the identity of migrant terrorists, to avoid public outcry and to shun responsibility for the damages they have committed onto the Eurozone.
‘I saw German cinema shooter at the popcorn counter but thought he was a fan in costume until he opened fire’: Witness describes terrifying ordeal after gunman let off tear gas and took hostages
- Masked gunman opened fire at the Kinopolis cinema complex
- Suspect was seen entering the cinema wearing a mask and munition belt
- As people ran screaming he unleashed tear gas
- Police received call saying there was a man ‘armed with a long gun’
- The cinema is located in the town of Viernheim, in Western Germany
A terrified worker at a German cinema has revealed how he mistook a gunman for a film fan wearing a costume before he opened fire and took them hostage.
Guri Blakaj initially dismissed the masked man who stormed the Kinopolis cinema complex in Viernheim, Western Germany, at about 3pm on Thursday carrying a gun and ammunition belt.
He believed the man he saw standing ‘by the popcorn stand’ to be a customer wearing a costume, complete with the belt of cartridges draped across his shoulder.
Heavily-armed police stand outside a cinema complex where an armed man has opened fire
Police surrounded the cinema complex after receiving a call at around 2.45pm.
But then Blakaj, who was working the till at the time, realised it was ‘something more serious’.
As his colleagues were told to lie down, Blakaj was ordered to close the doors to the cinema.
All the while, the gunman held his weapon to his head.
Blakaj, who was told to go and sit in his office after shutting the doors, said the man also shot at a colleague but didn’t hit him.
‘He seemed very confused, and was relatively young,’ Blakaj said, adding he had asked if the man wanted money, to which he responded he didn’t.
The assailant then went into one of the theatres. Blakaj, who said there were about six workers and 30 cinema-goers in the building, then heard shots fired. Other reports suggest there were about four shots fired in total.
Almir H., 16, said he was one of the hostages taken by the man in the cinema. He claimed he was locked in a toilet and said, in broken German: ‘Lie down in here if you love your life.’
Police special forces later stormed the building and shot him the masked man.
Bild newspaper reported that a suicide vest and a hand grenade were found near the body of the dead man, although police have not confirmed this. Authorities have said, however, that the man was mentally disturbed and not linked with any terrorist group.
Video footage shows the moment heavily-armed police storm the cinema complex
Reports people were injured by tear gas have been dismissed by police, who say there were no other injuries.
The interior minister of the state of Hessen, Peter Beuth, announced the perpetrator’s death in the state parliament in Wiesbaden.
He said: ‘The police had an emergency call at 2:45pm [12:45 GMT]. The caller said there was a masked man… armed with a long gun. It is unclear whether it was a real gun.
‘The caller heard four shots and said that the masked man appeared a little mentally unstable. Police special forces were called.’
Police spokesman Bernd Hochstaedter said that ‘there are no indications at present of an Islamist background.’
Police received a call saying there was a ‘masked man… armed with a long gun’
According to initial media reports, the man entered the cinema today at approximately 3pm, fired a shot in the air and barricaded himself inside
Elite SEK police commandos were helicoptered to the scene before storming the cinema
Video footage has emerged of a large group of heavily-armed police storming the cinema. They are shown creeping up against the wall before entering the building.
The motive for the attack is unclear – whether he is a ‘lone wolf’ terrorist or a deranged individual.
The incident has echos of the Aurora cinema mass shooting that occurred in Colorado in 2012.
Gunman James Holmes murdered 12 people and injured 70 others when he opened fire during a midnight showing of the film The Dark Night Rises.
Holmes entered the cinema wearing tactical clothing and set off tear gas and grenades into the audience.
He was arrested minutes later in his car parked outside the cinema.
On Thursday, Elite SEK police commandos were helicoptered to the scene in Germany and ambulances have ferried the injured to local hospitals.
The Kinopolis cinema complex is located in the town of Viernheim.
The German Ministry of Interior announced the gunman had been shot dead
A gunman has opened fire at the Kinopolis cinema complex in the town of Viernheim
The gunman barricaded himself inside the cinema (stock photo)
The terrifying incident took place in Viernheim in Western Germany