9 Dead in Shooting Spree at German Mall

No shooters have been captured

Munich Shooting
Associated Press

Gunmen opened fire on Friday at a major shopping mall in Munich, Germany, killing at least nine people, according to media reports.

Munich police have confirmed that shots broke out at the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping center in the German city, according to the Associated Press.

The police said witnesses reported three shooters, but they currently “do not know” the location of the shooters.

The attack first broke out near a McDonald’s at the popular shopping center.

Munich’s public transit system was shut down shortly after the attack, and residents were told by police to stay in their homes.

A tweet from Munich Police cautioned bystanders not to post photos or videos of police movement on social media because the situation was still ongoing.

U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the shootings from the White House on Friday, pledging his support to Germany.

“It’s a good reminder of something that I’ve said over the last couple of weeks,” he said. “Our way of life, our freedoms, our ability to go about our business everyday … that depends on law enforcement.”

The shooting was not the first attack to hit Germany this week. On Monday, a 17-year-old was shot dead by German police after wounding five people with an ax in an attack on a train near Wuerzburg-Heidingsfeld.

The terrorist group ISIS later claimed responsibility for that attack, though police say the Afghan teen probably acted alone.