Several dead in Munich shopping mall shooting

FINAL UPDATE By Agencies

At least nine people have been killed in a shooting at a major shopping center in the southern German city of Munich.

The shooting took place at a fast food restaurant at the Munich Olympia Shopping Center shortly before 6 p.m. local time (1600 GMT) on Friday, Munich police spokesman Thomas Baumann said.

Twenty others were also injured in the shooting, which police described as a terrorist attack.

Investigators searched the unnamed suspect’s home overnight and found a considerable amount of literature about mass killings.

The gunman, dressed in black, went on a shooting spree at a shopping mall on Friday evening before committing suicide.

The investigation established that the 18-year-old dual Iranian-German citizen, who was born and raised in Munich, was armed with 9mm Glock pistol and shot 300 rounds during the shooting. He then shot himself in the head.

The Munich prosecutor’s spokesman also said the suspect – whose name has been withheld for the time being – had been followed by a psychiatrist and had no criminal record.

Among the nine killed were three Kosovans, according to the foreign ministry in Pristina, also killed were three Turkish citizens and a Greek, while Munich police said the injured included children.

The attack was carried out exactly five years to the day since mass killer Anders Breivik began slaughtering dozens of people in Norway.

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