Berlin, Germany (CNN) -- A hostage standoff in the east German city of Leipzig ended Tuesday after several hours, police said.
The hostage-taker walked down the stairs of the H&M store in central Leipzig, where he had been holding people since the early afternoon, police said. It ended without violence, they said.
It began around 12:30 p.m. (6:30 a.m. ET), when a worker at the store called police to report the hostage-taking, police spokesman Udo Voigt said.
Police had cordoned off the area and emptied and searched all shops in a 300-meter (328-yard) radius, Voigt said.
CNN's Claudia Otto contributed to this report.