Five masked attackers have robbed a coffee shop in the central German town of Oberursel, using a machine gun and irritant gas to extract several thousand euros in cash, police said on Monday.
At least one of the people in the cafe at the time of the robbery suffered respiratory issues as a result and had to be brought to hospital for treatment, police said in a statement.
The attackers took around 9,000 dollars in cash from the coffee shop’s register and from people in the cafe before fleeing the scene in a car.
A police spokesman said the robbery took place outside of the cafe’s official opening hours and that the people inside had been acquaintances of the cafe’s owners.
The attackers are still at large and police have launched a manhunt with the help of a helicopter.