10 including suspect dead in Munich shooting spree

Police in German city of Munich said a total of 10 people have died, including the gunman who opened fire near Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall in the Moosach district of Munich on Friday evening.

Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae told reporters early Saturday that the man who killed nine people and injured several others in a shooting rampage at a mall in the German city of Munich has committed suicide when he encountered police and was likely a lone shooter.

“We found a man, who killed him himself. We assume, that he was the only shooter. #gunfire #munich,” the police had tweeted earlier.

A total of 21 people were injured, he said, including three who were in serious condition.

The police chief said that the gunman was 18-year-old Iranian from Munich who had been living in Munich for longer than two years, CNN reported.

“Police don’t believe the gunman, an 18-year-old German-Iranian, had any accomplices,” he noted.

The motive for the shootings was unclear, the police president said, adding that 2,300 law enforcement officials responded to the incident, BBC reported. 

Police had declared a terror alarm for south Germany after shooting.

Munich’s main train station was evacuated completely and the city’s transport system was suspended. 

People had offered space to the stranded people in their own homes on social media, using the hashtag #Offenetuer — which means “open door” — for people who are stranded without a way to get home, BBC reported. 

Muslim newspaper in Germany, Islamische Zeitung, tweeted that mosques in Munich would stay open overnight for anyone who needs refuge.

The Czech Republic’s interior minister, Milan Chovanec, had told local television that the country’s border was reinforced in case the Munich attacker or attackers tried to flee, German broadcaster NTV reported. 

A state of emergency was declared in Munich and special operations are still underway.

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