[Representational Image] Unidentified assailants on Thursday evening opened fire on Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Brijpal Teotia's convoy in Ghaziabad's Muradnagar, on the outskirts of Delhi.Reuters

An armed gunman was reportedly shot dead after opening fire in a cinema house Kinopolis in Viernheim, west Germany, at around 3 p.m. on Thursday.

The gunman, who was masked, carried a gun with a cartridge belt around his shoulder according to a report by The Sun. He had a cartridge belt round his shoulder but was shooting blanks, the report added.

The Sun report said the people in the theatre were waiting for the film to begin when the attack took place. The police rushed to the spot as the shooter barricaded himself in the theatre and people rushed out. 

The report also said the police shot the attacker only because they thought he was keeping hostages. Although earlier reports had said as many as 50 people had been killed, the Sun report quoted the authorities as saying that only the attacker had been shot and killed.