Gunman takes three hostages in Germany
on 19/08/2013 13:08:18
The hostages were believed to include a deputy mayor of the Bavarian city of Ingolstadt.
There was no word on what the gunman wanted. German news agency reports said the man had previously stalked a female employee at the city hall.
The incident began several hours before Mrs Merkel was due in the city for a rally that was to take place on the square in front of the city hall. Germany holds national elections on September 22, and Bavaria votes in a state election a week earlier.
There was no indication of any connection between the visit and the hostage-taking.
However, Mrs Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union said it decided to cancel the rally.
The old city hall, one of two city halls in Ingolstadt, dates back to the 14th century, though the building was expanded in the 19th century.
It is home to the mayor's office and the city's tourist information office, among other administrative departments.