BERLIN — A person armed with an extended knife killed three individuals and injured a number of others, some severely, within the southern metropolis of Würzburg Friday earlier than being shot by police and arrested, German authorities stated.

It was unclear how many individuals had been injured within the assault in a central a part of the Bavarian metropolis. Police recognized the suspect as a 24-year-old Somali man dwelling in Würzburg. His life was not in peril from his gunshot wound, they stated.

Movies posted on social media confirmed pedestrians surrounding the attacker and holding him at bay with chairs and sticks.

A lady who stated she had witnessed the incident instructed German RTL tv that the police then stepped in.

“He had a very huge knife with him and was attacking individuals,” Julia Runze stated. “After which many individuals tried to throw chairs or umbrellas or cellphones at him and cease him.”

“The police then approached him and I feel a shot was fired, you can hear that clearly.”

A police spokeswoman, Kerstin Kunick, stated officers had been alerted round 5 p.m. to a knife assault on Barbarossa Sq. within the middle of town.

Bavaria’s governor Markus Soeder expressed shock on the information of the assault. “We grieve with the victims and their households,” he wrote on Twitter.

Police stated on Twitter that there was no hazard to the inhabitants. They declined to right away present additional data and urged social media customers to chorus from hypothesis.

Bavaria’s high safety official, Joachim Herrmann, was on his approach to Würzburg, a metropolis of about 130,000 individuals situated between Munich and Frankfurt.