Police Storm German Law Firm After Reports of Hostage Situation, Find Two Bodies Inside

By Jim Liao, Epoch Times
July 11, 2016 Updated: July 11, 2016    

An armed man has entered a law firm in an upscale residential area in Stuttgart-Ost, Germany, on Monday, where he has taken at least one hostage, according to German media.

German officials were first notified of the event from a witness via a telephone call, reported the Stuttgarter Zeitung news outlet.

German special police have been dispatched to the scene, and they are reportedly trying to establish contact with the alleged gunman.

There are reportedly still two people in the building, one of whom may be the shooter, officials said. Witnesses have also said they heard gunshots, though police haven’t able to confirm this. 

The residential area has been cordoned off by police and rail transport near the area has been suspended, SWR.de reported.

A police spokesman told the Stuttgarter Zeitung that a man had entered the law firm with a handgun.

German police blocked off Stuttgart’s residential district and closed down underground train stations in the area, according to The Local. About 100 officers are involved in an operation that was initially called “an unclear threat,” but it has now been described as a “static situation.”