Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper has reported that a masked gunman has been shot dead by police after storming a German cinema complex and opening fire leaving up to fifty people wounded.
The man is said to have entered the the Kinopolis cinema 'Rambo-style' with a gunbelt of cartridges draped across his shoulder and his weapon in his hand in Western Germany at about 3pm today, carrying a gun and munition belt and firing four blank shots before barricading himself inside.
At least 20 people are thought to have been injured when the gunman opened fire and unleashed teargas.
BBC has reported that German police have said the man appeared to be mentally unstable, thus shooting him dead. Yet, the motive for the attack is unclear - whether he is a 'lone wolf' terrorist or a deranged individual.
The incident is morbidly similar to that of the Aurora cinema mass shooting that occurred in Colorado in 2012.
Gunman James Holmes murdered 12 people and injured 70 others when he opened fire during a midnight showing of the film The Dark Night Rises. Holmes entered the cinema wearing tactical clothing and set off tear gas and grenades into the audience.