Berlin: The gunman who killed 9 people in a shooting spree at a shopping centre in Munich has been identified by police as David S.
Police say they believe the gunman is an 18-year-old German-Iranian who was not known to them. Local media have named the attacker as Ali David Sonboly.
Investigators suspect the youth, who is thought to have lived in the south German city for more than two years, acted alone before killing himself around 1km from the scene of the attack at the Olympia shopping centre (OEZ)..
Any motive behind the attack currently remains “totally unclear” and investigations will be “running on all cylinders”, Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae said.
Speaking at a press conference in the early hours of Saturday morning, he said the attack “makes us speechless and our thoughts go out in particular to the victims”.
“As a result of the manhunt with a large-scale operation force we have found a male person, who given the current level of intelligence committed suicide,” Mr Andrae said.
“On the basis of witness reports and on the basis of CCTV footage we assume that this person is the suspect.
“We currently have no indications that there were further perpetrators involved. The suspect is, according to the current level of intelligence, an 18-year-old Iranian from Munich.”
Police said the victims killed in the massacre included teenagers, with children among the 16 people injured.
Video uploaded to social media purportedly shows the attacker shouting “I am German” and “I was born here” after an onlooker shouts xenophobic remarks to him during the attack.
Peter Beck, a Munich police spokesman, said officers were still collecting evidence at the scene of the crime Saturday morning.
“With regard to the suspect we have to examine everything, but we don’t know yet what triggered the crime,” Beck told The Associated Press.
He declined to confirm reports by German daily Bild that officers had raided a home in the city’s Marxvorstadt district about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from the mall and were interviewing the suspect’s father, citing “ongoing police operations.”
Mr Beck said the number of people receiving hospital treatment stood at 16, three of whom were seriously wounded.
A neighbour on Dachauer Strasse that was searched by police on Saturday morning described the alleged gunman as “very quiet”.
Wishing to only give his first name, Stephan, an owner of a coffee shop, said: “He only ever said ‘hi’. His whole body language was of somebody who was very shy.”
He added: “He never came into the cafe – he was just a neighbour and took out the trash but never talked.”