The gunman was wearing a mask, according to reports

By Greg Hanlon
June 23, 2016 11:30 AM

After initial reports of at least 25 injuries, German media is reporting that there were no injuries to innocent civilians after a masked gunman entered a German theater before he was shot down by authorities.

German television station ARD reported that there was no apparent terrorist motive, and that the gunman gave a “confused impression.”

A United States law enforcement official tells PEOPLE the incident took place in the Kinepolis Cinemaplex in Viernheim, Germany.

Viernheim is approximately 40 miles south of Frankfurt.

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The cinema is part of a major shopping center which has more than 100 businesses and draws more than 20,000 daily visitors, according to CNN.

Peter Beuth, Minister of the Interior and Sports for the German state of Hesse, told the BBC, “The police thought that the gunman was holding hostages and because of that he was shot dead.”

Beuth also said, “The police had an emergency call at 2:45pm. The caller said there was a masked man… armed with a long gun. It is unclear whether it was a real gun.”

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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