Police: Munich suspect obsessed with mass shootings

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Germany Munich Shooting In this Friday, July 22, 2016 photo provided by Wael Ladki people take shelter as armed police officers are on the hunt for possible fugitives after a shooting in a shopping mall in Munich, southern Germany. A gunman killed 9 people before killing himself. (Wael Ladki via AP)

Follow developments on the mass shooting in Munich, Germany.

Rich Murphy July 23, 20169:58 am
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German interior minister Thomas De Maiziere says there is “no indication of any connection to international terrorism” in the Munich attack.

De Maiziere told reporters he had met with all top security officials and no police record for the suspect has been found. He adds that intelligence agencies had no information on him.

De Maiziere says the shooter’s parents came to Germany in the late 1990s as asylum seekers.

Rich Murphy July 23, 20169:33 am

Munich police investigator Robert Heimberger says it appears that the shooter hacked a Facebook account and sent a message urging people to come to the mall for a free giveaway.

The posting, sent from a young woman’s account, urged people to come to the mall at 4 p.m., saying: “I’ll give you something if you want, but not too expensive.”

Heimberger says: “It appears it was prepared by the suspect and then sent out.”

The woman shortly after reported that her account had been hacked.

Rich Murphy July 23, 20169:33 am

Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae says man suspected of killing nine people in a shooting rampage was born and raised in Munich.

Police investigator Robert Heimberger says the shooter was armed with 9mm Glock pistol and had 300 rounds.
Rich Murphy July 23, 20169:32 am

Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae says “no evidence” of links to the Islamic State group has been found in the home and room of the Munich shooting suspect.

Andrae also told a news conference that the crime and the perpetrator had “absolutely no” link to the issue of refugees.

Joshua Barlow July 22, 20169:20 pm

Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae says the suspect in the Munich shooting is an 18-year-old German-Iranian from Munich.

Andrae said at a news conference that the attacker’s motive was still “fully unclear.”

He said that the body of the shooter found about 2 1/2 hours after the attack was determined to be the shooter based on the evaluation of witness statements and closed circuit television.

Xiaolu Sun July 22, 20169:18 pm

From AP: Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae says the victims wounded in the Munich attack include youths and children.

Xiaolu Sun July 22, 20168:15 pm

Elliott Wallace July 22, 20168:01 pm

Munich police spokesman Peter Beck says 10 people were killed, including the likely attacker, in the shooting in the Bavarian capital.

Beck says investigators also believe the shooter killed himself and appears to have acted alone.

Munich police gave a “cautious all clear” early Saturday morning, more than seven hours after a gunman opened fire in a crowded shopping mall and at a nearby McDonalds

Elliott Wallace July 22, 20167:40 pm

AP reports that Munich police say they believe shooter killed himself and appears to have acted alone.

Elliott Wallace July 22, 20167:32 pm

The German news agency dpa is reporting that bomb experts are checking the body of a man found about a kilometer away from the Munich shooting scene for possible explosives.

Elliott Wallace July 22, 20166:47 pm

A masked policeman stands on the street in front of the Olympia mall where a shooting took place in Munich, southern Germany, Friday, July 22, 2016. Police said that at least 8 people have been killed. (AP Photo/Sebastian Widmann)

Elliott Wallace July 22, 20165:22 pm

Witness Luan Zequiri said he was at the scene when the shooting broke out Friday in Munich near a McDonald’s restaurant.

He tells the Germany broadcaster n-tv that he heard the attacker yell an anti-foreigner slur and “there was a really loud scream.”

He said he saw only one attacker, who was wearing boots and a backpack. Zequiri says “I looked in his direction and he shot two people on the stairs.” He says he hid in a shop, then ran outside when the coast was clear and saw bodies of the dead and wounded on the ground.

Munich police say at least eight people have been killed and several wounded in the shooting attack on Friday, and they are hunting for up to three shooters. A ninth body is being examined to see if it was an attacker.

Joshua Barlow July 22, 20164:54 pm

Munich police spokesman Marcus Martins says a ninth body has been found at the scene of a shooting attack in Munich and police are “intensively examining” it to see if it may be one of the attackers.

Martin would not comment on the nature of the injuries to the ninth body but said it was not one of the eight victims.

Rich Murphy July 22, 20164:42 pm

Munich police spokesman Peter Beck tells AP the number of dead in a shooting attack has risen to 8.

Elliott Wallace July 22, 20164:29 pm
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Elliott Wallace July 22, 20164:22 pm

Germany’s interior minister has cut short his holiday in the United States to go back way to Berlin late Friday to meet with security officials after an attack near a McDonald’s restaurant in Munich left at least six people dead and others wounded.

Joshua Barlow July 22, 20164:18 pm

Munich police spokesman Marcus Martins tells AP they are aware of reports that a man has killed himself while he was being arrested, but said there is no confirmation of this yet. He says up to three suspects armed with rifles are still at large and being hunted by police.

Munich police are calling the Friday afternoon attack “suspected terrorism.” They have urged residents to remain indoors while the police operation is going down. They also are urging social media users to refrain from speculating about the attack on Twitter.

Joshua Barlow July 22, 20164:17 pm

President Barack Obama is pledging to provide Germany with whatever help it may need to investigate a deadly shooting incident.
Obama says he was late getting to a White House meeting on police issues because he was being briefed on developments in Germany, “one of our closest allies.” He told his audience the shooting is yet another reminder that people’s way of life, their freedom and ability to go about their everyday business depends on law enforcement.

Rich Murphy July 22, 20163:59 pm

Munich police are hunting for a shooter or shooters and using the term “suspected terrorism” in connection with the deadly attack at a McDonald’s in a city mall.

Elliott Wallace July 22, 20163:46 pm

Rich Murphy July 22, 20163:38 pm

Munich police spokesman Peter Beck tells AP: 6 dead, several wounded in Munich mall shooting

Rich Murphy July 22, 20163:38 pm
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Rich Murphy July 22, 20163:19 pm

U.S. President Obama statement on Munich situation

Obama said it’s still an active situation and added “we don’t yet know exactly what’s happening.” Obama called Germany a close ally and said the government will “pledge all the support that they may need” in the investigation.

Rich Murphy July 22, 20163:17 pm

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Shots Fired at Multiple Locations in Munich

U.S. citizens are advised to shelter in place pending police announcements that the situation is under control. Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

Rich Murphy July 22, 20163:15 pm

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Rich Murphy July 22, 20162:59 pm

A Munich police spokesman says witnesses have reported seeing three shooters with “long guns” who attacked a McDonald’s in a city mall.

Police spokesman Peter Beck also tells The Associated Press he is not yet able to confirm the report by German public broadcaster BR that six people have been killed in the shooting late Friday afternoon. Another Munich police spokeswoman, Claudia Kuenzel, says there are “several dead and wounded” at the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall.

Munich police are hunting the suspects but no one is in custody yet. All trains, trams, buses and subways in the city have been shut down during the police operation, and police have urged residents to stay indoors.

Hospitals in Munich, a city of 1.4 million people, have called in extra staff to prepare for the possibility of large numbers of wounded.

Rich Murphy July 22, 20162:55 pm

Rich Murphy July 22, 20162:50 pm

The German rail company Deutsche Bahn has stopped train traffic to Munich’s main station and Munich public transit operator MVG has shut down all subway, bus and trolley cars because of the police operation to find the shooters.

Rich Murphy July 22, 20162:49 pm

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Rich Murphy July 22, 20162:38 pm

German public broadcaster BR reports that six people have been killed at a shooting at a McDonald’s restaurant in a mall in Munich.

Munich police on Friday night are hunting for the shooter or shooters, saying “the suspects are still on the run.” They are urging residents and visitors to stay home, seek safety inside buildings and avoid public places. The city has sent smartphone alerts to tell people to stay indoors.

Rich Murphy July 22, 20162:36 pm

8:15 p.m.

Munich police are urging residents to stay home or seek safety indoors as they hunt for a shooter or shooters who attacked people at a mall.

In a statement, Munich police say “the suspects are still on the run. Please avoid public places.” They urge people not to post tweets or post photos of police operations in the city.

Munich police spokeswoman Claudia Kuenzel says there are “several dead and wounded” in the shooting at the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall in northern Munich.

Munich public transit operator MVG says all subway, bus and trolley cars have been shut down because of the police operation until further notice.

Rich Murphy July 22, 20162:36 pm

8 p.m.

A Munich police spokeswoman says there are “several dead and wounded” in a shooting at a mall in the Bavarian capital, and police are still hunting down the suspect or suspects.

Claudia Kuenzel tells The Associated Press that “the shooter or shooters are still on the run” — either in the mall or around the mall.

Public broadcaster Bayrischer Rundfunk reports that the late afternoon attack happened at a McDonald’s restaurant at the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall in the northern part of Munich.

Armin Fritz, a reporter for public radio B5, says the city’s entire public transport system has been shut down as police search for the attacker or attackers.

It’s the second attack in Germany in less than a week.

Rich Murphy July 22, 20162:32 pm
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Rich Murphy July 22, 20162:31 pm

7:40 p.m.

Germany’s dpa news agency reports that police in Munich are saying “we expect multiple dead” in a shooting at a mall and police are hunting for the shooter or shooters.

Dpa is quoting Munich police as saying no one has been captured yet.

Dpa says the attack started at a fast food restaurant in the mall, shortly before 6 p.m. (1600 GMT) according to Munich police spokesman Thomas Baumann. He was quoted as saying that police didn’t know whether they were dealing with one or more shooters.

The Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall in the northern part of Munich is not far from the city’s Olympic Stadium in the Moosach district of the Bavarian capital.

It’s the second attack in Germany in less than a week.

Rich Murphy July 22, 20162:31 pm

7:25 p.m.

Germany’s dpa news agency reports that police in Munich are saying “we expect multiple dead” in a shooting at a mall.

The Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall in the northern part of Munich is not far from the city’s Olympic Stadium in the Moosach district of the Bavarian capital.

Police are responding to the reported attack Friday in large numbers.

Munich police are urging people to avoid public places. “The situation is still unclear,” they said on Twitter.

Rich Murphy July 22, 20162:29 pm

Police in Germany say there’s been a shooting at a shopping center in Munich.

Munich police confirm shots have been fired at Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping center but say they don’t have any details about casualties.

Police are responding in large numbers. German media say multiple people are injured.

Rich Murphy July 22, 20162:29 pm
It’s the second attack in Germany in less than a week. On Monday, a 17-year-old Afghan wounded four people in an ax-and-knife attack on a regional train near the Bavarian city of Wuerzburg, and another woman outside as he fled. All survived, although one man from the train remains in life-threatening condition. The attacker was shot and killed by police.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the train attack, but authorities have said the teen likely acted alone.