Police have evacuated a shopping center and surrounding area in the eastern German city of Dresden on suspicion of a hostage situation.
A statement on the police’s website reads: “Dresden Police Department is currently conducting an operation in downtown Dresden. The background is suspicious of a hostage situation.”
Germany’s Bild newspaper reported that an armed man had killed a woman, then stormed a local radio station and opened fire before fleeing into a shopping center where he arrested several children. believe.
On its website, Radio Dresden said earlier a man said an armed man entered the Ammonhof office building, where the radio station is located, at around 8:30 a.m. local time (07:30 a.m. local time). GMT) and opened fire.
Police have yet to confirm these details but are urging residents to avoid the city centre. The popular Striezelmarkt Christmas market will also be closed during this time.
Police have confirmed that they are in contact with the perpetrator. Radio Dresden wrote that the suspect was in a room in the Altmarktgalerie, a shopping center in Dresden, after fleeing the scene in the direction of the old town,
The radio’s website says the hostage-taking is linked to the death of a 62-year-old woman in an apartment building in Prohlis, Dresden.
“Emergency services found a lifeless 62-year-old woman in an apartment building in Prohlis. An emergency physician called in was only able to determine her death,” the website reads. .
“According to police, the suspect is the woman’s 40-year-old German son.
“The Dresden Police Department is currently conducting an operation to suspect a hostage-taking in Dresden’s Altmarktgalerie, apparently in connection with the murder.”
In a statement posted on Twitter, police confirmed the hostage situation was over, with two seemingly unharmed individuals in their care.