The police said they had arrested the attacker in a city in southern Germany and there were no signs of other suspects.
Authorities said a man armed with a long knife launched an attack in the southern German city of Würzburg on Friday, killing three people and seriously injuring five others.
The police pierced his thigh with a bullet to stop and arrest the attacker. They said his injury was not life-threatening.
After arriving at the scene, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said: “In the current situation, three people have died and five people have been seriously injured.” “For the most seriously injured, we are not sure whether they will survive. .”
The police said there was no sign that there were other assailants, and the situation has now been brought under control. They did not elaborate on the suspect’s motives.
Police spokesperson Kerstin Kunick said that around 5 pm (15:00 GMT), the police received an alert that a knife attack had occurred in Barbarossa Plaza in the city center.
A video posted on social media showed a young man who appeared to be holding a knife was blocked by other men holding chairs until the police arrived. Another video appeared to show blood on the ground.
The governor of Bavaria, Markus Soeder, expressed shock at the news of the attack. “We grieve with the victims and their families,” he wrote on Twitter.
Würzburg is a city with a population of approximately 130,000, located between Munich and Frankfurt.