At least 9 people are dead after a shooting spree at the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping center in Munich, Germany.
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Munich shooting rampage: What we know
Police declared an "acute terrorist situation" Friday in Munich and shut down traffic and rail service in the southern German city to search for as many as three gunmen who went on a shooting rampage at a shopping mall, killing at least eight people, police said.
Here's what we know so far:
How many people are dead?
At least eight people died in the attacks, and several others were wounded.
Police tell the Associated Press that they have found a ninth body at the site and are investigating to see if it is one of the attackers.
What do we know about the gunmen?
The shooter, or shooters, remained on the run, forcing authorities to shut down traffic and rail services in the Bavarian city. Major roads were largely empty as special police teams swarmed the area, and helicopters carrying snipers swept over rooftops looking for as many as three perpetrators carrying long guns.
"Please avoid public places," Munich police said in a statement.
Munich police said on Facebook that witnesses reported seeing "three different gunmen" but it was not clear whether they were referring to three separate shooters or the same shooter at three different locations.
How have authorities responded?
Munich police declared an "akute terrorlage" or "acute terrorist situation," triggering the shutdown of major roads, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports.
"We are categorizing this as a terror attack only in our response of freeing up the largest possible force to handle the situation," Martin told reporters.
In response to questions from reporters during a news conference, police said they had no information to link the attack to a radical Islamist group.
Horst Seehofer, prime minister of the state of Bavaria, and Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann scheduled a crisis meeting at the State Chancellery in Munich.
Where was the attack?
Details of the shooting were unclear, but witnesses indicated that it began at a McDonald's in the Olympia Einkaufszentrum, or shopping center, in the northern Moosach district.
Vasiliki Spanouli, 30, who works as a cleaner, said at least one gunman begin firing on people in the mall without warning.
When did the shooting occur?
DPA, the German Press Agency, reports the attack started shortly before 6 p.m. local time, according to Munich police spokesman Thomas Baumann.
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