Death toll in Munich shooting rises to 9
BERLIN - German public broadcaster BR reports up to nine people have been killed at a shooting at a McDonald's restaurant in a mall in Munich.
Spokesman Peter Beck told The Associated Press he can confirm eight dead and several wounded in the attack Friday near a McDonald's restaurant in a northern section of the Bavarian capital. Police say they have found 9th body at shooting scene and are checking to see if it was an attacker.
The incident happened at The Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall in the northern part of Munich. Police have responded to the scene in large numbers.
Beck says "we can't give a precise number for those wounded. They have been taken to Munich hospitals. The hunt for suspects is still ongoing."
Beck was unable to say whether one or more suspects were among the dead. Police say they are hunting up to three suspects with rifles.
A Munich police spokesman says witnesses have reported seeing three shooters with "long guns" who attacked a McDonald's in a city mall.
Members of Germany's elite anti-terrorism force are on their way to the scene.
All trains, trams, buses and subways in the city have been shut down during the police operation, and police have urged residents to stay indoors.
Hospitals in Munich, a city of 1.4 million people, have called in extra staff to prepare for the possibility of large numbers of wounded.
This is the second attack in Germany this week, after an Afghan youth attacked five people with an ax and a knife on Monday night near Wuerzburg before being shot dead by police.
President Barack Obama is pledging to provide Germany with whatever help it may need to investigate a deadly shooting incident.
Obama says he was late getting to a White House meeting on police issues because he was being briefed on developments in Germany, "one of our closest allies." He told his audience the shooting is yet another reminder that people's way of life, their freedom and ability to go about their everyday business depends on law enforcement.
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