An official with the U.S. State Department says they are closely following the shooting rampage at a Munich shopping mall and are working with authorities to find out if any American citizens were impacted. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The U.S. State Department says it is closely following the developments in Munich where police say gunmen went on a shooting rampage in a shopping mall killing and wounding many people. Elizabeth Trudeau, the director of the State Department's Office of Press Relations, said during the daily briefing on Friday, "Our thoughts are with the victims and their families... we're working with local authorities to determine if any U.S. citizens have been impacted." The mall shooting is the third major act of violence against civilian targets to take place in Western Europe in eight days. Previous attacks in France and Germany were claimed by the Islamic State militant group. Munich police said they suspected it was a terrorist attack. Authorities were evacuating people from the Olympia mall but many others were hiding inside. Munich's main railway station was also being evacuated.