Police shot and killed a masked gunman Thursday who had opened fire in a cinema and taken hostages in a small town in western Germany, according to German authorities.

Initial reports in the German media indicated that at least 25 people had been injured in the melee, possibly by tear gas, but police said later that no one was hurt.

The incident erupted in the Kinopolis movie theater in the town of Viernheim, about 45 miles south of Frankfurt, according to the Associated Press.

Hesse state’s interior minister, Peter Beuth, said special forces had “fought and killed” the man, who had been visibly confused and had fired at least four shots inside the cinema with a rifle, the German news agency DPA reports.

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