Police say at least eight people have been killed in a “shooting rampage” at a shopping mall in Munich, Germany.
“At the moment, we have a large police operation. Please avoid the area around the shopping centre,” read a tweet from Munich Police.
Munich police spokesman Marcus Martins told The Associated Press that there are up to three suspects armed with rifles are still at large and being hunted by police.
A Munich police spokesman described to the news agency that witnesses reported seeing three shooters with “long guns” who attacked a McDonald’s next to the shopping mall.
Global Affairs Canada said agency “is monitoring reports of a shopping centre shooting in Munich.”
Justin Trudeau sent out a statement offering his sympathy to the victims and the families involved in the attack.
The government of Canada is closely monitoring the situation in Munich. We stand with Germany & offer our sympathies to victims & families.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) July 22, 2016
President Barack Obama also commented on the shooting, calling Germany one of America’s “greatest allies.” He also said that the attack was another reminder that our “way of life, our freedoms, our ability to go about our business everyday” depends on law enforcement.
This is the second violent incident to take place in Germany this week. On Monday, a teenage Afghan migrant armed with an axe and a knife attacked passengers aboard a regional train in southern Germany, injuring four people before he was shot and killed by police as he fled, authorities said.