Mass shooting in Germany

UPDATE: A whole bunch of news from CNN:

Multiple breaking and developing stories are underway in the U.S. and around the world.

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An assailant who attacked a German cinema has been killed, a German official said. Authorities said police responded to an early report of shots fired by a man with a rifle.


The high court issued rulings on two pressing issues: affirmative action and immigration.

In the immigration case, the justices delivered a crushing blow to the White House. The court’s 4-4 ruling on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration means that a lower court ruling blocking the programs will remain in effect. Obama expressed disappointment, saying the decision “takes us further from the country that we aspire to be.”

The Supreme Court also upheld the University of Texas practice of using applicants’ race as a factor in admissions. The 4-3 ruling greenlights the limited use of affirmative action policies by schools.


The Baltimore police officer driving the van when Freddie Gray was fatally injured in April 2015 was found not guilty on all charges. The officer, Caesar Goodson, faced the most serious charges of all the police charged in the case. Goodson opted for a bench trial presided over by Judge Barry Williams, rather than a trial by jury.


Republicans tried to shut it down, but the Democrats’ now 24-hour-long sit-in protesting the lack of action on gun control after the nightclub massacre in Orlando is still going strong. The protest started Wednesday morning, and House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi later said the sit-in would continue “until hell freezes over.”


Meanwhile, voters in the UK are deciding if Britain will remain in the European Union.



All I know about this comes from Reuters, as this incident is in progress:

(Reuters) – A masked man with a gun and ammunition belt opened fire in a cinema complex in the small western German town of Viernheim, near Frankfurt, injuring between 20 and 50 people and barricaded himself inside, German media reported on Thursday.

Bild daily and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that elite police were on their way to the scene.

The Darmstaedter Echo said 20 to 50 people had been injured.

Police were not immediately available to comment.


  1. teacupoftheapocalypse
    Posted June 23, 2016 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    Initial reports suggest that the majority of injuries resulted from the release or tear gas, and that, so far, only one shot has been fired.

  2. Posted June 23, 2016 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Gunman shot & killed by police, reports German Interior Minister via the Telegraph:

  3. Jimbo
    Posted June 23, 2016 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    “Mass shooting”

    The situation is over. No one was shot but the perpetrator.

  4. RPGNo1
    Posted June 23, 2016 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    The last news from radio: The German police is checking a backpack, if it contains explosives.

  5. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted June 23, 2016 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    [SIGH] Even in Europe, we need to tighten control of lethal-at-distance tools.
    Kitchen tools (knives) have controls (generally coincident with those for drinking or voting). As an adult looking for edge – tools to do garden maintenance, the supply is severely limited (“try an agricultural equipment supplier).
    But a shooter? If (IF) the weapon was obtained legally, then the only reason I can think of would be “hunting”. So shut that down (and ban bad haircuts from entering the continent. We have enough bad haircuts of our own)

  6. Posted June 23, 2016 at 12:56 pm | Permalink for some reporting.

  7. Posted June 23, 2016 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Latest report here in Germany is that there were no injuries (they say initial reports were mistaken), and no indication of Islamic or Salafist ties.

    • Posted June 23, 2016 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

      Excuse me — I meant to type “Islamist”.

  8. mordacious1
    Posted June 23, 2016 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Also in the news:

    Jury finds that Led Zep did not copy “Stairway to Heaven” tune.

    • somer
      Posted June 23, 2016 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

      Something positive. Yay

  9. somer
    Posted June 23, 2016 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    the immigration case link under “Supreme Court” heading doesnt appear to work

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