18- year old German-Iranian gunman kills nine in Munich, then himself: police

Special force police officers stand guard at an entrance of the main train station, following a shooting rampage at the Olympia shopping mall in Munich. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
Special force police officers stand guard at an entrance of the main train station, following a shooting rampage at the Olympia shopping mall in Munich. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

An 18-year-old German-Iranian gunman who apparently acted alone opened fire near a busy shopping mall in Munich on Friday evening, killing at least nine people in the third attack on civilians in Western Europe in eight days.

The pistol-wielding attacker, identified by Munich Police Chief Hubertus Andrae as a dual national from Munich, was later found dead of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Authorities said it was too early to say whether it was a terrorist attack, and said they had no immediate evidence of an Islamist motive.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet her chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, and Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere and a host of intelligence officials on Saturday to review the incident.

Police, citing witnesses, had initially said they were looking for up to three suspects and were treating the incident as a suspected terrorist attack.

But authorities told a news conference early on Saturday the shooter was believed to have staged the attack alone, opening fire in a fast food restaurant before moving to the mall.

Andrae said authorities did not see similarities to an attack in southern Germany last Monday in which an axe-wielding 17-year-old asylum-seeker killed five people in an incident claimed by the Islamic State group.

Andrae said it was premature to say whether the Friday incident was a terrorist attack, as French President Francois Hollande said, or the work of a deranged person.

Police said they were investigating a video in which the gunman is seen and heard exchanging racial slurs and profanities with another man. “We are trying to determine who said what,” a police spokesman said.

There was no known motive for the shooting in Germany’s third largest city, which went into lockdown with transport halted and highways sealed off immediately after the attack.

U.S. intelligence officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said initial reports from their German counterparts indicated no apparent link between the shooter and Islamic State or other militant groups.

It was the third major act of violence against civilians in Europe in eight days. Previous attacks in France and Germany were claimed by Islamic State.

At least 16 people, including several children, were in hospital and three were in critical condition, Andrae said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but supporters of Islamic State celebrated on social media.

“The Islamic state is expanding in Europe,” read one tweet.

The gunman, whose body was found on a side street near the mall, was not identified but Andrae said he was not previously known to police.

Police commandos, armed with night vision equipment and dogs, raided an apartment in the Munich neighborhood of Maxvorstadt early on Saturday where the German newspaper Bild said the gunman lived with his parents.

“He lived right next to me,” Bild quoted a neighbor as saying. “A friend of mine went to school with him and said he was rather a quiet guy. He recognized him from the videos from the scene.”

The men had notified police about their suspicion three hours before the police raid.

A police spokesman said police did not release names of suspects, even if they were killed, due to privacy concerns.


The mall is next to the stadium where the Palestinian militant group Black September took 11 Israeli athletes hostage and later killed them during the 1972 Olympic Games.

Friday’s incident snarled traffic as authorities blocked highways, closed the main railway station, and shut down public transport.

A police spokesman initially said up to three gunmen were on the run after the shooting. The Bavarian capital was placed under a state of emergency as police hunted for them and special forces were deployed.

Two individuals were seen driving quickly away from the scene, but they were later cleared of any wrongdoing, the police chief said.

Nearly three hours after the shooting, authorities found a body about 1 km (0.6 miles) from the scene that was later determined to be the gunman.

German radio station Bayerischer Rundfunk said the man had a red backpack similar to one used by a gunman seen at a McDonald’s restaurant where the attack reportedly began. It said police were using a robot to investigate the backpack.

German news magazine Focus said the man had shot himself in the head.

Friday was also the fifth anniversary of the massacre in Norway by Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people. Breivik is a hero for far-right militants in Europe and America.

Thousands of people had been crowding the streets and squares in Munich’s city center on Friday for a beer festival.

“There were a few people who came running towards us who were screaming and in panic. But mostly it was surprisingly calm,” said Elena Hakes, wearing a blue traditional dress, who had been with a friend in the Odeonsplatz square.

The incidents in Germany follow an attack in Nice, France, in which a Tunisian drove a truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day, killing 84. Islamic State claimed responsibility.

The Munich assault was also reminiscent of militant attacks in a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2013, and in Mumbai, India, in 2008.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende said on Twitter: “Horrible killings in Munich. Taking place on the same day as we mourn & remember the appalling terror that hit Norway so hard five years ago.”




17 responses to “18- year old German-Iranian gunman kills nine in Munich, then himself: police”

  1. Oh Yeah Avatar

    Perhaps the information from the today afternoon planned press conference by the German police will give some light on the current status of the investigations.

    Perhaps we need to reconsider the coexistence with Muslims living among us – you never know when they turning to be a strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde…

    1. Hasbara Troll alert!

      1. Who are you alerting? Your fellow degenerate morons from the “Resistance”? Aren’t they already monitoring the web for “hasbara” 24/7? 🙂

        1. Interesting to see you pop out of no where.

          1. I’m pretty sure you’re also fascinated by boogers popping out of your nose.

          2. I said “hasbara troll alert” — you posed up. Need to say more?

          3. You don’t really need to say anything, period.

          4. Exactly: you appeared when I issued the alert.

    2. Rascal Avatar

      Iran does not recognize duel-citizenship. Europe is in deep shiite. It does not matter the sect, just the general cult type- Islamic. Islamic mass killings are now becoming way to common for anyone to ignore. Part of what may be missing in today’s world is an old fashion pledge of allegations to their host country western country. This may weed out some of the more radical Islamist.

      1. Oh Yeah Avatar

        That’s is the reason that Iran has criticized the deed with the strictest terms….

      2. Not sure about Iran’s stance on duels (my guess is that they would consider it decadent and impractical – hy use guns/swords when you can just blow each other up?), but Germany’s policy on dual citizenship is pretty strict. 🙂

        1. Rascal Avatar

          Last I heard, Iran only recognizes Iranian passports, all other countries have no rights if a duel citizen leaves the west and goes to Iran. In this case, if the kid survived and escaped to Iran, Germany would be given no right to ask for him back. Iran would keep him and either pin a medal on him or hang him without any regard for Germany citizenship. It happened with a duel Canadian/Iranian female reporter that took pictures of Evin prison in Iran, They murdered her in custody and refused to return the body to her family back in Canada. As a matter of fact she was buried quickly under a large slab of concrete to hide the evidence of her injuries and abuse and told Canada to pound sand. The Iranian legal system is a joke and completely corrupt and unfair.

  2. Oh Yeah Avatar

    The München killer’s name was Ali Sonbol, he was born in germany and he lured victims with fake Facebook profile to McDonald’s!
    His motive: revenge!

    1. Revenge for what?

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Sounds like usual USA stuff …. Someone making it easy to get guns in Germany?

    1. Oh Yeah Avatar

      You probably are unaware of Berlin’s Lebanese mafia that have criminal activities such as Arms trafficking, assault, drug trafficking, extortion, fraud, human trafficking, murder, prostitution, theft, money laundering.

      That surprise me since Berlin’s Lebanese mafia founding location is Lebanon!
      They are active in the territory of Lebanon, Germany, Australia, South America, North America, France, England and West Africa.

      Arab Drug Mafia Importing Palestinian Kids Into Germany – In Germany, these young people disappeared from youth homes and were taken in by their own communities, where they were taught how to master the drug trade, Heisig wrote in a section of her book.

      Berlin’s most popular youth judge (Kirsten Heisig) was found (July 2010) in a forest in Heiligensee – hanged from a tree branch.

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        Amazing how stuff spreads around, isn’t it?

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