Gunman identified as 18 yr old German-Iranian
German police have identified the gunman behind the Munich shooting as an 18-year old German-Iranian man.
At least 10 people have been killed and many more injured in a shooting at a shopping centre in the German city of Munich.
At least three of the 16 injured in the attack are in a ‘life-threatening’ condition.
A number of ‘youths’ were among the dead and children have also been shot, police said.
At least three of those injured in the attack are in a ‘life-threatening’ condition.
Police initially feared three gunmen may have been involved but now believe that there was only one attacker, using a pistol.
It is understood the attacker, wearing a red backpack, shot himself in the head following the shooting at the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum mall.
Anti-terror robots are examining the backpack for explosives.
He has since been identified as the teenage German Iranian, who was living in Munich.
Investigators say the ‘acute terror situation’ had sparked the biggest police operation in Munich for more than a decade.
Police said the shootings began in or outside McDonald’s restaurant shortly before 6pm local time and were witnessed by up to 100 people.
A woman named Loretta said she was in the restaurant when the man with a gun came out of a bathroom and began shooting.
She told CNN: ‘I come out of the toilet and I hear like an alarm, boom, boom, boom.
‘He’s killing the children. The children were sitting to eat. They can’t run.’
Sky’s Foreign Affairs Editor, Sam Kiley, said a gunman was confronted by a person filming on their mobile phone.
In the video, the attacker can be heard shouting: ‘I am German – I was born here.’
The attack happened on the fifth anniversary of a massacre in Norway by right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik.
Employees and customers barricaded themselves inside shops as the attack took place, while more than 2,000 police flooded the area.
Video footage shows shoppers filing through the mall under police guard with their arms raised before lying down on the ground.
An employee who was inside the mall told Reuters by phone that many shots were fired.
The witness said they saw someone who was ‘so severely injured that he definitely didn’t survive’.
The entire transport network in Munich was suspended, and the city’s main railway station evacuated.
Several highways north of Munich were also sealed off by police.
Germany foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said the motive for the ‘abhorrent act’ has not been clarified.
He added that investigators have had to contend with ‘contradictory clues’.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was being regularly briefed on the attack, said her chief of staff, Peter Altmaier.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: ‘I am shocked and appalled by the terrible attack unfolding this evening in Munich, and the loss of life.’
This is the second attack in Germany in less than a week.
On Monday, a 17-year-old Afghan wounded four people in an axe and knife attack on a train near the Bavarian city of Wuerzberg.
The latest attack happened not far from where Palestinian attackers opened fire in the Olympic Village in 1972, killing 11 Israeli athletes.
Five guerrillas and a police officer were also killed