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You are watching continuing coverage here. There is a developing

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situation in Munich in southern Germany where at around 430 GMT,

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there was an incident at a shopping centre called the Olympia shopping

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centre in the north-west of Munich and people reported that there was a

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shooting. Police are saying that they believe they could be looking

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for more than one gunmen and at the moment that person is at large and

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the don't know where the person is. There were also reports and some of

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them are at odds with each other suggesting that an assailant had

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managed to escape from the shopping centre and get down underground,

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into the subway. And as a consequence, the transit system has

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been shut down to try to see whether they can locate the person or people

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responsible. Various reports from different local broadcasters, being

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quoted by the international news agencies, suggesting that there are

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multiple casualties. Whether that means that they are the talent he

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the moment it is not clear. -- the talent he is. If local broadcaster

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has been quoted saying that the interior ministry has confirmed

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there are three people who have died. But this is rather at arms

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length at the moment so we are not able to verify that at the moment.

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We have seen and I'm terrified video shot on a phone outside McDonald's

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restaurant -- and I'm terrified video. It shows a man appearing to

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take aim at people outside the McDonald's. The British Foreign

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Office is investigating whether any British people are involved in the

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incident and a spokesman said we are urgently investigating an incident

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in Munich and stand ready to provide assistance. But the number of

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casualties we are hearing has buried. -- varied. As many as 15

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fatalities being talked about by one source. Another source saying it was

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three. We are hearing rumours, unconfirmed as yet, of other

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locations or another location in Munich, been the scene of a

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shooting. That is unconfirmed but one journalist locally that we spoke

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to a short while ago said the attacker travelled by underground

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into the centre of Munich to a very popular to wrist destination, and

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carried or continued and attack them. That is one journalist telling

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us this. Nothing confirmed so far but police say they have not managed

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to capture an attacker or attackers. One man who works at a nearby petrol

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station has described what he saw. We saw ambulances, like, firemen and

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police. But all this area, all the streets now... There are no cars.

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All the streets are blocked. The people are scared.

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Everyone is running around. That was an eyewitness from close to the

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Olympia shopping centre, who described what he had been able to

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see. Are corresponded to is following the story for us is here.

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What are the latest developments? The latest information is from the

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Munich police who said on Twitter within the last few minutes that the

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whereabouts of the offender or offenders is unknown. So that

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confirms these reports that there is at least one gunmen at loose in the

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city. There are these unconfirmed reports of other incidences around

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the city but certainly it is a situation that is not under control.

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I have been able to have a close look at that video you have been

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showing. Unverified as yet. A gunmen outside McDonald's. If you look at

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it very closely, as I have done, you can see it is a man who walks up

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very slowly and calmly, apparently, places himself outside McDonald's,

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and then start shooting. And you hear a number of shots fired. He

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appears to have a handgun in his left hand. He appears to have a long

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barrelled gun of some sort in his other hand. She is dressed in black,

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he has a black T-shirt with a logo of some sort on it. Which is

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indecipherable. His ethnicity, you can't say. It appears to be one

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gunmen. You mentioned those pictures and I

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think we can watch and listen to them now.

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That is some other footage as well. I think we can look and see if we

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can bring you those that and he was talking about. Was it clear what you

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were watching? Which direction he was shooting in? Into the McDonald's

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store or away? Was it clear? He was outside the

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McDonald's store. He stood outside the main entrance, facing outwards.

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There were people just milling about in the the solidity, and it appears

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he starts shooting away from the shopping mall. I've seen other

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images of people inside them all heaving the shooting and taking

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cover. But the shooting itself appears to be in the open air

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outside the shopping mall. You might not notice, but Munich

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police have a Facebook page and they're saying eyewitnesses have

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told them there were three people who were armed with weapons,

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firearms of some sort, and eyewitnesses are reporting that two

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police. They are saying there was a shooting which then moved into

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another area and the shopping centre, so it seems that these

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Google were on the move, as you might expect. -- these people were

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on the move. Let's look at these pictures you were talking about.

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So it seems that the person who was filming this on a mobile phone had

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spotted this person because they were dressed head to toe in black.

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That's right. The interesting thing is you hear no shouts, no sound

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before the firing starts. We know that sometimes on these occasions,

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if it is an attack linked to Islamic terrorists, you hear shouts, but on

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this occasion, as far as we can see and hear from that video, no

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warning, nothing is said before that gunmen just opens fire. It seems

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indiscriminately on people around him.

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Yes, and at the moment we don't know exactly how many people we are given

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with. The suggestion is that it is three. We don't know anything about

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the motive of this person is born in Germany, we don't know any of those

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details at the moment. What are you hearing about casualties?

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There have been varied reports. Initially we heard from police

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sources that there was one confirms death. And up to ten casualties. We

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have since heard from various German media sources saying that they could

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be up to the Dean deaths. I think the latest we have on the record is

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that there are multiple casualties -- 15 deaths. Quite possibly

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multiple deaths. The other interesting thing is, I am no

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firearms expert, but it seems to be discreet, individual shots. It is

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not the rattle of what you and I would know as a machine gun. It

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seems to be a lot of shots but individual shots.

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For the moment, thank you very much. Let's talk to a bar, who is in a

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restaurant. -- lets talk to our correspondent.

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What is happening there. Can you hear me?

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I am afraid we have not got contact with her. Let's try to talk to a

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freelance reporter at the scene in Munich.

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Can you hear us? What is happening where you are?

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I'm just in front of the Olympia shopping centre and it is the

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closest place I can get. In front of the police. The police close all the

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roads and it is deserted. In front of me there is a group of

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inhabitants or shoppers, very quietly what going on. A great

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number of police cars. I can hear the helicopters are bit far-away. At

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the moment it is very, very calm. It is extraordinary that you say it

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was calm. Housing did you get there after you became aware of what was

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going on? -- how soon did you get there? I was

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cycling here and most of the people were moving in the opposite

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direction. So I was trying to get as close as possible. All the main

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roads are closed. I went through some courtyards, as close as

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possible. But finally I was in front of the entrance of the underground.

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Where I am standing I can see from far-away. I can see searching cars

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in front of the main entrance of the Olympia shopping centre.

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As far as you know? Are there many people inside and locked down or has

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everybody been moved? Well, it is difficult to judge, for

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me to know. Because I am just an the spot. I'm not hearing the local

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media but at the point I was leaving my place, the media advised

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everybody to just get home. And leave the streets. Apparently also

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the Metro stations are closing and so everything is deserted and empty.

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Are you getting any reports where you are about any other incidences

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in other parts of the city? Well, I was listening to the radio

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and they had been talking about incidences in the main shopping area

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of the city but apparently it was not confirmed.

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It may be just wrong. And at the moment, we're hearing that please

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still cannot say for sure if there is one or more attackers involved

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but they suspect there are more than one cars of what eyewitnesses have

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been saying. Apparently, it is very difficult to

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judge from here. I'm on the street in a deserted calm place.

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Tell us a bout the feeling in Germany. Has there been a heightened

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sense of security, fear of a kind of attack like this because of what

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they've seen in France and Belgium? Also what we saw earlier this week a

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train? Exactly. I happened to be there but

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earlier. It is a cute little city. My feeling is that the people are

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getting more and more aware about the danger that might come to

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Germany as well. Because we have been observing a bit from far-away

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and now it is just moving closer. And obviously Munich used to be the

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centre of the refugees coming last year, last summer here in thousands

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and thousands. The inhabitants used to be very, very friendly and

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helping a lot. Just going to the main station at helping people with

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food and clothes but now, I am starting to get the feeling that the

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people are less and less friendly to the Muslims. Obviously, women

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dressed in traditional clothing. I think it is palpable how the mood is

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changing. You are saying people are becoming

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more fearful? We don't have anything at this stage about you is behind

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this attack, what their motives are and who they are. But in terms of

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security in a shopping centre like Olympia, is the Renault thing to

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stop people going in with a firearm? Is there any kind of screening or

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visit a relaxed western shopping centre like you would find in

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London? This is a very relaxed shopping

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centre. It is in the middle of Olympic village, the same as Olympic

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Games in Munich. It used to be the housing of the Sportsman in the

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1970s, I think. So it is a residential, quiet area. And

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everywhere in Munich is very calm and relaxed, it is a very safe city.

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A great presence of police. The city is famous as being a strong police

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city. Right at the Olympia shopping

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centre. Thank you very much for talking to us.

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Just a few more lines to you and we'll recap on what has been

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happening this evening in Munich. The city's police forces are saying

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on social media that the suspects are still on the run and that people

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should please Boyd public places. -- avoid public places. They're using

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emergency services with the support of special forces. The federal

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police and neighbouring councils as well. And a little while ago we were

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just saying that the Bavarian Interior Ministry are quoted as

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saying there were three casualties, three fatalities. They have now said

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that the local reports are not true. We did heavily wrapped those up with

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a note of caution. Our correspondence Richard has the

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latest now on the event so far in Munich.

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This and verified video apparently shows the moment a group of people

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ran into a gunmen on the streets of Munich. Around the shopping centre,

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there was panic as people tried to find their way to safety. Many armed

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police officers including special forces were soon on the scene. But

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from the roof of the car park, a gunmen carries on firing. The

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emergency services poured into the area, telling people to get off the

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streets and go home. The Metro has been closed down.

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We see just ambulances, like, firemen and police. But all this

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area is evacuated, all the streets, now, are... There are no cars. The

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streets are blocked. The people are scared. Everyone is running around.

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The police believe they are dealing with a shooting rampage and there

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may be more than one gunmen involved. So far, no one has been

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detained. There are reports of many casualties.

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Still so many things that we don't know for sure what the police have

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said. That report by Richard is that the suspects or suspect are still on

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the run. Please avoid public places. That's part of it is still very much

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an ongoing operation but in terms of casualties, that number, we've seen

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many different sources quoting police, varying the figures, but we

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know there have been fatalities, not completely confirmed just how many

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people have been caught up in this. Let's stop to Damien beginners who

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is in Berlin. What do you know for sure?

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What we're hearing now in Germany is that there are three deaths, three

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fatalities, according to officials in Germany. And it seems that

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according to various sources now that there were a couple of people

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involved in the attacks. But of course the situation is still very

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fluid so the numbers have varied wildly between one and 16 so far.

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This is the first concrete, official number that seems to have so far

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come out from an official Government source. So, that should certainly be

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taken seriously, but there is still a lot of confusion in Munich itself

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because, as the area effectively shutdown, all public transport

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within Munich or within the Centre has been effectively stopped. With

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the underground is closed and with buses grounding to Horton passengers

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told to get out and walk home, effectively. Police have issued

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warnings for local residents to stay at home. And to get off the streets.

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So, obviously, these are taking it extremely seriously indeed. --

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police are taking it. There are reports that one of the perpetrators

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shot wildly in a cafe or they can read and then fled the scene. And

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some people said the perpetrator has not been caught. The question is, is

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there a gunmen on the loose? Munich police say they suspect this

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is a terrorist attack? Yes, and that is the big fear, of

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course. What we have seen on Monday was an asylum seeker who attacked

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five people or seriously injured five people and attacks more than

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that in a train. It was a brutal attack with an axe and a knife and

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it turned out that he in fact was an Islamist extremist who had links to

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so-called Islamic State. And that has been the worry, that attacks are

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caused by Islamist extremists rather than lone wolves of random people

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who might be in some way disturbed. And that is the fear in this

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particular case as well because, as you know across Europe, we have had

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various Islamist extreme as attacks. Very varied in nature with very

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little in common. Numerous attacks in France in the past year and that

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is now the worry in Germany that this is starting to happen here

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because for a long time now people have been very nervous that a

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similar sort of attack such as the ones we have been seeing in France

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will happen in Germany. We saw it on Monday on a lower level, if you

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like. And that is the worry now, that if this turns out to be an

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Islamist excuse attack, then that would seriously rattle people here

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in Germany. This choice of target. A shopping

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centre, Friday afternoon, really busy. No real defences security

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specifically to stop something like this. Really, one of the softest

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kinds of targets. Yes, that is right. I do think that

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is the whole worry about all these individual attacks, because they are

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also different in nature. We saw it in Nice, and that was a completely

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different sort of attack. We saw the train attack on Monday. Here in

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Bavaria as well, not far from Munich. And it seems that a lot of

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these attacks are the ones that seem impossible to predict and impossible

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to prevent and officials here and in Britain have said there is only so

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much security you can provide because the problem is that if the

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attacker is someone operating on their own, then it is really hard to

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know how you can prevent that. With the attacker who launched that

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attack on the train, in Bavaria on Monday, the problem there was he was

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completely unknown by the authorities. The have not committed

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any crime before. The authorities had no connections with them and the

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police had not had any reason to suspect that he might have links to

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so-called Islamic State and that is the issue, really. That there are so

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many cases where these attackers are just not known to the police

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already. And in that case it is almost impossible to predict or

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prevent. For the moment, thank you very much.

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A short time ago a police report of Bavarian radio in Munich explained

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what was happening at the scene when she arrived.

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Unfortunately we could not get very close to the shopping centre as

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everything has totally closed down. We tried to get there. We had that

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there were people screaming, running out of the shopping centre because

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there was one or the police now told us there are apparently more than

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one person involved. And there was a shooting right at the shopping

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centre and abortion the, we could not get very close. -- and

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unfortunately, we could not get very close.

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What sort of police presence did you see?

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The strongest one can imagine. In the case as this one, where there

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has been a shooting at a really large shopping centre and maybe as

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well at other places in Munich, we're not sure about that as there

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is no official report. As you can imagine, all the police forces and

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special forces, helicopters, or the police forces are at the shopping

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centre and in Munich and the official places as well. And they

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are calling out that no one is allowed to go to the official places

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they're trying to close everything down because they do not know

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whether those present that in doing the shooting is the moment.

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We're just hearing via the news agency, they are quoting German TV,

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saying that the Bavarian into rear Ministry has confirmed that three

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people died. -- Interior Ministry. This is coming to us for pound but

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that is the suggestion here from the Bavarian interior ministry that

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there have been three fatalities. When you were at the scene, how many

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people were around? We understand they are still trying to evacuate

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the centre. As I already said I'm not at the

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scene directly because it is closed down. There is nobody allowed to get

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into the shopping centre, and the people out. So I cannot tell you how

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many people there are and how many casualties exactly thereof. As you

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said, three people have been killed. Yes, of course. It is very early

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days and these reports could turn out to be incorrect. But did you see

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members of the public trying to leave the centre?

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Yes. A lot of them, actually. They were streaming out into the streets,

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standing in the two groups, trying to call their loved ones. Everybody

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is making sure they're getting out as quickly as possible. We had a

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colleague who was in the shopping centre and she called us immediately

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as she got out. She only heard shooting, she had the police calling

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that everybody had to leave the building. Apparently there was a lot

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of screaming and people running around but most of the people should

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be evacuated by now but as we cannot get in and cannot get close to the

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scene we're not sure right now. Munich police are now saying that

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they suspect that they are announced seeing a terror attack unfolding in

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Munich. but there will be some rain

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tomorrow, particularly across north-western parts of the UK. That

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