Today’s mass casualty in Germany

As the details emerge, the first reports start getting corrected.

The BBC seems to be reporting details omitted by other version. The event at a cinema started when a woman called police that there was a man wearing a mask with a long gun.

Initial reports were that 25-50 people had been shot by the gunman… “Wounded”

As it turns out, nobody was shot by the gunman. The gun was either a toy or shooting blanks. All of the “wounded” were people overcome by the use of tear gas inside an enclosed space. Using tear gas in a closed room is a major no-no. It can cause organ damage or even death.

The “gunman” was arrested, then shot, then shot after he was dead if headlines can be believed. It would be interesting to know what movie was playing. Presumably we will eventually know more details and whether he supported Brexit

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8 Responses to Today’s mass casualty in Germany

  1. Fred Stiening says:

    Voting on Brexit closes at 10 PM London time, which is 5 PM Eastern US Time. It will probably be early morning here before the numbers start to firm up.

  2. Fred Stiening says:

    The multiplex was showing four mainstream American films: “The Jungle Book,” “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” “Angry Birds” and “Central Intelligence.”

    I’ll take door #4

  3. Fred Stiening says:

    It took a while to find out who the “shooter” was, and the Australians seem more interested than the European press

    http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/06/24/man-german-cinema-siege-identified

    The shooter had only a prop gun that shoots blanks. At first, the employees thought he was just a guy in a costume. While authorities “identified” him as a 19 year old German, they have not mentioned His name.

  4. Fred Stiening says:

    A German language newspaper fills in a few more details

    https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=de&tl=en&u=http%3A//www.welt.de/vermischtes/article156530442/Der-Geiselnehmer-der-nur-Schreckschusswaffen-hatte.html

    The shooter is small and had dark hair. He was wearing a ski mask. There were only 30 customers in the entire Cineplex. The shooter told the employees to go to their office. While technically that may be “hostages”, the employees just went out the back door. It really has the feel of “suicide by cop”

  5. briand75 says:

    Bye Bye Britannia!

  6. Fred Stiening says:

    The authorities still have not disclosed the name of the suspect. He has been described as a 19 year old “German National” born in Mannheim, so they must know his name. German citizenship laws are complex.

    The longer this goes on, the more I suspect his name is Mohammed. The cinema is located in Darmstadt, which was in the news May 31st for a large number of sexual attacks during a music festival

  7. Fred Stiening says:

    The shooter was named Sabino M, of mixed German and Italian background

    They are still hiding his name. Maybe it is an EU thing.

    from his Facebook page, it is clear he was gay.

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