Berlin - Police say a man has been shot dead after entering a movie theatre in southwestern Germany, apparently with a weapon. They say they believe that no one else was injured in the incident.
Police spokesperson Bernd Hochstädter said authorities were told early on Thursday afternoon that an armed man had entered the Kinopolis movie theatre in the town of Viernheim and that shots apparently had been fired.
Interior minister Peter Beuth said in the Hesse state legislature it wasn't clear whether the weapon was real.
Hochstädter said that the police deployment lasted around three hours.
He said: "We believe that there were no injured people, and that the people who were in the cinema with the perpetrator could be freed uninjured."