By Adam Frisk and Nicole Bogart, Global News
Police said at least nine people have been killed in a “shooting rampage” at a shopping mall in Munich, Germany Friday evening.
Munich police spokesman Marcus Martins told The Associated Press that there are up to three suspects armed with rifles still at large and being hunted by police.
Police responded to reports of multiple people shot at the Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping centre, outside of a McDonalds restaurant at 5:50 p.m. local time.
Police have been confirmed media reports that one of the dead is potentially the shooter.
“At the moment, we have a large police operation. Please avoid the area around the shopping centre,” read a tweet from Munich Police.
RAW VIDEO: police seen in tactical gear following shooting in Munich, Germany
“We believe we are dealing with a shooting rampage,” Reuters quoted a police spokesperson as saying.
WATCH: Raw video appears to show people running from Munich mall
Munich police spokeswoman Claudia Kuenzel told The Associated Press there had been “several dead and wounded” in the shooting at Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall.
“The shooter or shooters are still on the run” either in or around the mall, she said.
Police said there are multiple unconfirmed reports of “more violence and possible gunfire in the City Center,” the force said on social media. “Please avoid public areas.”
Citizens near the scene of the shooting were opening their doors to shelter people using the hashtag #OpenDoor or #OffenTur.
Facebook has also activated its Safety Check feature, to allow people in the midst of the situation let their loved ones know whether or not they are out of harm’s way.
According to AFP, Munich’s main train station was evacuated and the metro and bus services were suspended.
A Munich police spokesman described to the news agency that witnesses reported seeing three shooters with “long guns” who attacked a McDonald’s next to the shopping mall.
Global Affairs Canada said agency “is monitoring reports of a shopping centre shooting in Munich.”
“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with those affected by a shooting at the Olympia shopping centre in Munich, Germany,” spokesperson François Lasalle said in a statement. “We are trying to determine if Canadian citizens have been directly affected and stand ready to provide consular assistance to Canadian citizens.”
Justin Trudeau sent out a statement offering his sympathy to the victims and the families involved in the attack.
President Barack Obama also commented on the shooting, calling Germany one of America’s “greatest allies.” He also said that the attack was another reminder that our “way of life, our freedoms, our ability to go about our business everyday” depends on law enforcement.
WATCH: President Obama comments on shooting situation in Munich, Germany
This is the second violent incident to take place in Germany this week. On Monday, a teenage Afghan migrant armed with an axe and a knife attacked passengers aboard a regional train in southern Germany, injuring four people before he was shot and killed by police as he fled, authorities said.