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German Cinema Shooting Gunman Shot Dead In Viernheim, Near Frankfurt

25 people were reportedly exposed to tear gas.

23/06/2016 16:15 | Updated 23 June 2016

A gunman who took hostages at a German cinema complex on Thursday has been shot dead.

A masked man with a gun and ammunition belt entered the complex in the small western German town of Viernheim, near Frankfurt, shortly after 3pm local time.

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Police shot the man dead after elite forces stormed the complex, the Mannheimer Morgen newspaper reported, citing the interior minister of Hesse state.

A police spokesman told the N-TV television channel that no-one else was injured.

The gunman was described as "disturbed", Reuters reports.

Bild daily said that according to police about 25 people had been exposed to tear gas.

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    A person escapes from a movie theatre complex Kinopolis, where an armed man reportedly opened fire.
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    Heavily-armed police stand outside the movie theatre.
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    A person escapes from a movie theatre complex Kinopolis, where an armed man reportedly opened fire.
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