Munich attack summary: “Motive completely unclear”

This is the current official situation as presented by the authorities.

Munich police said the shooter in a deadly shopping mall rampage was an 18-year-old German-Iranian man whose motive was “completely unclear”.

“The perpetrator was an 18-year-old German-Iranian from Munich,” police chief Hubertus Andrae told reporters after the massacre on Friday that left 10 people dead including the gunman.

“The motive or explanation for this crime is completely unclear.”

Mr Andrae said the shooter – who opened fire at a busy shopping centre near the southern German city’s Olympic stadium before turning the gun on himself – had dual citizenship and “no criminal record”.

His body was found less than a mile from the mall.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier also 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,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in a statement.

  • Gunman in Munich opens fire at a McDonald’s by Olympia shopping centre
  • Children targeted in attack
  • Gunman killed himself after fleeing scene
  • Gunman ‘probably’ acted alone
  • He was 18-year-old with German and Iranian citizenship

…the suspect’s body was found about 2 1/2 hours after the attack and was determined to be the shooter based on witness statements and closed circuit television footage of the attack. The shooter was not previously known to police and there was no evidence of any links to terrorist organisations, Mr Andrae said.

Witnesses had reported seeing three men with firearms near the Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall, but the police chief said two other people who fled the area quickly were investigated but had “nothing to do with the incident.”

Mr Andrae said the nine fatalities included young people and children were among the 16 wounded, three of whom were in critical condition. […]

While police initially called the mall shooting an act of terrorism, they said they had “no indication” it involved Islamic extremism and at least one witness said he heard a shooter shout an anti-foreigner slur.

“The question of terrorism or a rampage is tied to motive, and we don’t know the motive,” Mr Andrae said. “We can’t question the suspect so this is all a little more difficult.”

And once they find his home-made peace symbol flag and his browser history being full of fluffy kittens and bad McDonald restaurant reviews, they can safely write this one off to a mental health driven loner that had a bad day.


– The Telegraph