Munich shooting: Teen kills 9 people in shopping district rampage

A teenage gunman killed nine people in a shooting rampage at a busy shopping district in southern Germany — before police found his body on a nearby street, authorities said.

Police currently believe that an 18-year-old German-Iranian acted alone, killing nine people and then himself. They have not yet identified a motive; the man had no criminal record. Munich spent hours under lockdown.

The shooter killed nine people then himself, and also injured at least 16 more on Friday in Munich. Police said it was too early to comment on a possible motive, but added they believed the shooter to be a young German-Iranian resident of Munich, who had lived there “for a long time.” He had no criminal record.

The shooter opened fire near a fast-food restaurant and then again at the nearby Olympia shopping center in the north of the Bavarian capital, just before 6 p.m. local time (1600 UTC). He subsequently fled the scene, prompting a city-wide manhunt and state of emergency.

The 18-year-old stormed a McDonald’s outside the Olympia mall in Munich on Friday evening, police Chief Hubertus Andrae said.

The shooting in the nation’s third-largest city left 16 others wounded, with children among the casualties.

At first, authorities believed there were three attackers involved and warned residents to avoid public places, sending terrified shoppers running to strangers’ homes nearby
Police put the city on lockdown and and halted public transportation.

Shortly after, surveillance video and witness statements concluded it was one attacker, according to the police chief.

 

Source: CNN / DW

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