Police on Thursday shot dead a masked gunman holding hostages in a movie theatre south-western Germany.

Authorities announced after the masked gunman was shot dead by police and that no other person was injured.

Following the attack, the interior minister of Hesse state, Peter Beuth, told the regional parliament that the attacker looked disturbed. He stated further that he carried a rifle or “long gun”.

In describing the attack, police spokesperson, Bernd Hochstaedter said that the man entered the theatre which is located in the town of Viernheim early and subsequently fired his rifle.

Three hours after the attack started, police brought the situation under control after shotting the suspect dead.

A police spokeswoman at the scene, Christiane Kompus, told The Associated Press that she had no information on the assailant’s identity and motives. She said the man had been holding several hostages, but didn’t have a precise number.

However, Cinema employee identified as Guri Blakaj told Reuters that the gunman was aged about 18 to 25 and about 5.6 feet tall. The employee said he entered the cinema at around 3 p.m. and told workers to go into an office.

According to The Guardian, the cinema had been showing The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland and the comedy Central Intelligence.

Several other reports in German media, has it that the man was wearing a balaclava and carrying combat boots and a “long weapon”, with a munition belt slung over his shoulder.

Witnesses said the man fired four shots as he entered the cinema.

Author: Ope Adedeji