Gunman Shot Dead at Movie Theater in Germany: Official

A gunman who reportedly opened fire and took hostages at a German movie theater on Thursday was shot dead by police, according to a local official. 

Local Interior Minister Hesse Peter Beuth told a parliamentary debate that initial reports suggested that a gunman fired several shots, took hostages and was later fatally shot by police.

Footage from outside the theater in the southwestern town of Viernheim showed heavily armed police strapping on bulletproof vests and running toward the building as sirens blared.

There were no other injuries and the hostages are safe, police confirmed to NBC News.

Police have not identified the suspect or a potential motive.

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