Shortly after 3 pm local time an unidentified gunman opened fire in the Kinopolis movie theater in the Rhein-Neckar-Zentrum shopping mall in the German city of Viernheim. The gunman had a small weapon and an ammunition belt, the Bild newspaper reports.
"A gunman has barricaded in a movie theater," local police confirmed.
Several dozens of the cinema visitors escaped the theater.
Media reports suggested that there is a hostage situation in the theater.
An elite police unit from Frankfurt were on the way to the scene.
Local hospitals have launched an emergency response plan in preparation for admitting injured people
Darmstadt police confirmed to Sputnik that no one was harmed in the hostage crisis in a cinema located in the Western German town of Viernheim.
"The shooter is dead and no one is injured," a spokesman for the police service said.
Earlier local media reported that from 20 to 50 people have been wounded in an attack on a cinema in the southwestern German town of Viernheim.