Munich shooting: David S identified as gunman behind shopping centre attack: Police
say the 18-year-old German-Iranian was not known to them and had no criminal record
Samuel Osborne, Independent, Jul 23 2016
The gunman who killed nine 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 and had no criminal record. Local media have named the shooter as Ali David Sonboly. Investigators suspect the youth, who was born and raised in Munich, acted alone before killing himself around 1 km from the scene of the attack at the Olympia Shopping Centre (OEZ). Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae told a news conference there are no indications the gunman had links with Da’esh, identifying the attack as a “classic shooting rampage” and not terrorism, and that the shooter had been in psychiatric care, where he had been treated for depression. He also said the crime and perpetrator had “absolutely no” link to the issue of refugees. Prosecutor Steinkraus Koch told the news conference the suspect had a book titled: “Rampage in the Head: Why Students Kill.” Police said the victims killed in the massacre included teenagers. There were 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. Beck told AP:
With regard to the suspect we have to examine everything, but we don’t know yet what triggered the crime.
He declined to confirm reports by German daily Bild that officers had raided a home in the city’s Marxvorstadt district about 2 km 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 neighbouring coffee shop on Dachauer Strasse was searched by police on Saturday morning. Stephan, the owner, said:
He was just a neighbour. He never came into the cafe. He would take out the trash, but he never talked. He only ever said “Hi!” He was very quiet. His whole body language was of somebody who was very shy.