Munich gunman ‘obsessed with mass shootings’

Source: BBC

The 18-year-old gunman who killed nine people in Munich was obsessed with mass shootings but had no known links to the Islamic State group, German police say.

Written material on such attacks was found in his room. Munich’s police chief spoke of links to the massacre by Norway’s Anders Behring Breivik.

The gunman, who had dual German-Iranian nationality, later killed himself.

His name has not been officially released but he is being named locally as David Ali Sonboly.

He has also been referred to as Ali David Sonboly, or David S.

He had a 9mm Glock pistol and 300 bullets in his rucksack.

Police do not yet know how the weapon was acquired, but said he had no permit for it and the serial number had been obliterated.

They are investigating whether he may have lured his victims through a Facebook invitation to the McDonald’s restaurant where he launched his attack on Friday evening.

People mourn near the site of Friday's shooting in Munich (23/07/2016)Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThe day after the shooting, people went to the Olympia shopping mall to mourn the victims
People look at the growing collection of flowers and candles for victims of the Munich shooting (23/07/2016)Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionFlowers and candles were left outside on the pavement
A sign reading Image copyrightAFP
Image captionOne placard left at the site simply asks Why? in German
The father of Dijamant Zabergja clutches a photo of his son in Munich, 23 JulyImage copyrightAP
Image captionThe father of one young Kosovan victim, Dijamant Zabergja, displayed his son’s photo

Friday evening’s attack at the Olympia shopping mall also left 27 people injured, including children. Ten of them are critically ill, including a 13-year-old boy, police say.

Seven of the dead were teenagers. Three victims were from Kosovo, three from Turkey and one from Greece.

Police say the Munich-born gunman had been in psychiatric care, receiving treatment for depression.

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