He had a really big knife with him and was attacking people, Julia Runze said. And then many people tried to throw chairs or umbrellas or cellphones at him and stop him.
The police then approached him and I think a shot was fired, you could hear that clearly.
A police spokeswoman, Kerstin Kunick, said officers were alerted around 5 p.m. to a knife attack on Barbarossa Square in the center of the city.
Bavarias governor Markus Soeder expressed shock at the news of the attack. We grieve with the victims and their families, he wrote on Twitter.
Police said on Twitter that there was no danger to the population. They declined to immediately provide further information and urged social media users to refrain from speculation.
Bavarias top security official, Joachim Herrmann, was on his way to Würzburg, a city of about 130,000 people located between Munich and Frankfurt.