Armed police have descended on Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin after several shots were fired at a shop.
German police tweeted to say that ‘we have the situation under control’ after an apparent armed robbery at the corner of Friedrichstrasse and Kochstrasse, just yards from the Cold War landmark.
Images from the scene showed several units of officers carrying machine guns and wearing body armour patrolling the streets.
It is not clear if anybody was hurt in the shooting. The area has been cordoned off.
Armed police descended on Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie on Monday after several shots were fired at a shop on a nearby intersection
Berlin police tweeted that an ‘unidentified person’ had fired at the shop in an apparent armed robbery, but did not give any further information
Members of an elite armed unit of the Berlin police patrol the city’s streets after the shooting
The Berlin police Twitter feed said the suspect had not been identified, and did not give any further information.
Witnesses reported seeing a person armed with a gun who fired into a nearby Starbucks cafe, according to local newspaper Bild.
‘According to initial reports, an unknown suspect fired several shots in a shop,’ Polizei Berlin tweeted.
‘We currently assume that the shot was part of an attempted robbery on a shop. We have the situation under control.’
Officers said they have the situation ‘under control’, but did not immediately say whether anyone had been arrested
Members of an elite unit of the police enter a building close to the site where shots were fired on Monday afternoon