A hostage situation at a Dresden shopping mall has ended after the suspect was arrested and injured, German police have reported.
Shortly after noon local time, police announced on Twitter that the hostage situation was over. “Two apparently uninjured people are in our care,” they added.
Police had also previously ordered the closure of the Dresden Christmas market, as local media reported that shots had been fired.
A previous police statement said: “The Dresden police are carrying out an operation in the city center of Dresden. The background is the suspicion of hostage taking. In this context, the Altmarktgalerie and adjacent areas are being evacuated. Access is currently not possible.”
“Police are asking people to avoid the city center. Policing continues. No further information is available at this time.”
It was not immediately clear if a suspect had been arrested.
Radio Dresden reported that the suspected gunman tried to break into his building but was unable to gain access, despite firing at the main entrance fire door.
“Fortunately, all of our staff were able to get to safety,” said Tino Utassy, director of Radio Dresden.
Dresden police have confirmed that a 62-year-old woman was found dead in another part of the city. His 40-year-old son has been named as a suspect.
Police declined to confirm whether there was a connection between the murder and the hostage-taking.