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A gunman is on the loose at a shopping centre in Munich, Germany, as shocking footage has emerged of frantic shoppers fleeing the building.

Local media has reported that several people have been killed and many injured after multiple gunshots were heard being fired at the OEZ Mall in Munich.

Images emerging from the scene appear to show numerous victims lying on the floor of the mall.

Numerous emergency service vehicles have been sighted around the scene as police cordon off the area around the complex, Sun reports.

A police spokesman said: “It is really something big going down” as a helicopter hovers around the area.

Sun reports that the shooting has ceased, but police are yet to confirm whether the assailant has been arrested.

Munich Police tweeted to confirm it has “a large police operation on the Acharya. Please avoid the area around the shopping centre.”

An official for the shopping centre did not make an official statement, but said: “We are experiencing a problem.”

An eyewitness who was live-streaming from outside the mall said: “(The gunman) ran into the underground station. Police are looking for him. I don’t have a description of the shooter.”