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Munich UPDATE: Gunman was obsessed with mass shootings, used Facebook to lure people in

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UPDATE: Saturday Morning

Police on Saturday said that the 18-year-old gunman who opened fire at a crowded Munich shopping mall and fast-food restaurant was obsessed with mass shootings. He killed nine people and wounded 16 before killing himself. 

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Saturday that before the attack, the gunman had hacked into a woman's Facebook account and posted a false "special offer" giving a discount at the McDonalds branch where the attack began. It was an intentional bait-and-switch to attract people to the scene where he wanted the shooting to occur. 


"Documents were found about mass shootings," Munich's police chief Hubertus Andrae told the Associated Press. "The perpetrator was obviously obsessed with the issue."


Investigators found various literature at his home, including a book titled "Rampage in Head: Why Students Kill." However no linked was found to extremist groups such as the Islamic State. They currently believe he acted alone.

UPDATE: 4:54 p.m. 

Police told Circa News 9 people are dead and an undetermined number more are injured and receiving help at a hospital in Munich. Police are still searching for the armed gunmen.

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m.

  • Death doll rises: Munich police say at least 8 people are now dead after a shooting at a local shopping mall

The White House released this statement on the terrorist attack in Munich.

UPDATE: 2:45 p.m.

AP: Munich police are using the term "suspected terrorism" in connection with the shooting at a city mall.

UPDATE: 2:21 p.m.

  • German public broadcaster BR reports at least six people are dead; many injured
  • German news agency: Police are still looking for at least three shooters armed with rifles

UPDATE: 1:49 p.m.

  • German news agency: Munich police hunting shooter or shooters at mall; no one captured yet
  • Munich's Sueddeutsche Zeitung paper says city's transit system has shut down following shooting at a mall

Video shows gunman outside McDonalds in #Munich opening fire on people.

UPDATE: 1:18 p.m.

German media says multiple people are dead and several people are injured.


(ORIGINAL STORY)


German police 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.

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.

Munich police urged people to avoid public places. "The situation is still unclear," they said on Twitter.

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