Munich shooting: Deadly mall attack suspect identified as teen, found dead video

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Maximilian Bielenfeld said people hid in shops, hotels and police stations as the attack was underway.

A gunman suspected of carrying out a terrorist shooting in Munich was an 18-year-old dual national German-Iranian, police say.

At least nine people were killed, and 21 more wounded, when the man opened fired at Munich Olympia Shopping Centre (OEZ) about 5 kilometres northwest of the city centre on Friday (Saturday NZT).

Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae told reporters he was found dead in the area after an extensive manhunt, and that the motive for the crime wasn't known.

Special forces officers near the Olympia shopping mall, following the shooting rampage.
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Special forces officers near the Olympia shopping mall, following the shooting rampage.

He had died from a self-inflicted wound and there were no other suspect, police said.

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A red bag found near the body was being examined for explosives, DPA quoted police as saying.

Forensic experts investigate the scene following the shooting.
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Forensic experts investigate the scene following the shooting.

Andrae said it had not been determined whether the suspected gunman had a German identity card and the investigation was still under way.

PANIC AND CHAOS

 

Police escort people out of the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ) shopping mall.
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Police escort people out of the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ) shopping mall.

Earlier police, citing eyewitness accounts, had said they were looking for up to three suspects in the shooting attack.

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Authorities had told the public to get off the streets as the city - Germany's third biggest - went into lockdown with transport halted and highways sealed off.

The city was placed under a state of emergency as police hunted for then-suspected gunmen and special forces deployed in the city.

Armed police escort people near from inside the shopping centre following the deadly shooting attack.
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Armed police escort people near from inside the shopping centre following the deadly shooting attack.

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 dead man and suspected gunman had shot himself.

Police officers escort people with their hands raised from inside the shopping centre.
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Police officers escort people with their hands raised from inside the shopping centre.

At the height of the incident, people in the Olympia shopping centre either fled or sought to hide.

"Many shots were fired, I can't say how many but it's been a lot," said a shop worker hiding in a store room inside the mall.

WHEN GUNMAN OPENED FIRE

German police in the southern city of Munich say many are dead or wounded after a shooting rampage at a shopping mall. Mana Rabiee reports.

A witness has described the moment the gunman opened fire.

Luan Zequiri said he was at the scene when the shooting broke out near a McDonald's restaurant.

He told the Germany broadcaster NTV that he heard the attacker yell an anti-foreigner slur and "there was a really loud scream."

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A major police operation is underway after shots were reportedly fired at the Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping Mall in Munich, Friday. Footage from the scene shows people fleeing the shopping mall after hearing the shooting.

He said he saw only one attacker, who was wearing boots and a backpack. 

Zequiri said "I looked in his direction and he shot two people on the stairs." 

He said he hid in a shop, then ran outside when the coast was clear and saw bodies of the dead and wounded on the ground.

Police officers secure the area outside of Olympia Einkaufzentrum mall.
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Police officers secure the area outside of Olympia Einkaufzentrum mall.

Another witness reported the gunman had targeted children in the attack, CNN reported.

"I come out of the toilet and I hear like an alarm, boom, boom, boom... He's killing the children (...) The children were sitting to eat. They can't run," a witness called Lauretta told the news network.

"Many shots were fired, I can't say how many but it's been a lot," said a shop worker hiding in a store room inside the mall.

Special police prepare to enter the shopping centre following the shooting attack.
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Special police prepare to enter the shopping centre following the shooting attack.

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

A police spokesman said there was no immediate indication that it was an Islamist attack but it was being treated as a terrorist incident.

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

Armed police storm Munich's Olympia mall after gunmen went on a deadly shooting rampage.
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Armed police storm Munich's Olympia mall after gunmen went on a deadly shooting rampage.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the motive for the attack was not yet clear.

"The motives for this abhorrent act have not yet been completely clarified - we still have contradictory clues," Steinmeier said in a statement.

Police officers rush to the Olympia Einkaufzentrum mall after gunmen opened fire.
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Police officers rush to the Olympia Einkaufzentrum mall after gunmen opened fire.

Authorities were evacuating people from the Olympia mall but many others were hiding inside.
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Authorities were evacuating people from the Olympia mall but many others were hiding inside.

Police with automatic weapons group on the roof of the Olympia mall after the shootings.
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Police with automatic weapons group on the roof of the Olympia mall after the shootings.

Police special forces had arrived at the scene of the deadly mall shooting.
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Police special forces had arrived at the scene of the deadly mall shooting.

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