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Checkpoint Charlie shooting: Police rush to popular Berlin tourist spot

Checkpoint Charlie shooting: Police rush to popular Berlin tourist spot

Broad daylight shooting was reported in German capital at around 2 pm local time, with shots apparently heard ringing out close to the famous Cold War era Berlin Wall crossing point, which is usually thronged with tourists.

According to Berlin police, an operation is ongoing after gunshots were reportedly heard during an armed robbery of a cafe near the famous Checkpoint Charlie landmark.

Several people posted footage from the scene on social media and a police spokesperson said that the reported shots were likely related to an attempted robbery in a cafe.

Berlin Police surrounded buildings in the capital’s city center as part of the operation. “We currently believe the shot was fired in an attempted robbery on a shop in Friedrichstrasse. We have the situation under control,” it said on Twitter.

After interviewing witnesses, the police later said that the gunshots had not been confirmed and there was no further indications of a suspect. It added that it was continuing to investigate the incident.