Munich shopping centre shooting: everything we know on Saturday afternoon


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Munich shopping centre shooting: everything we know on Saturday afternoon

Munich shopping centre shooting: live updates

What happened in Munich?

Police say at least 10 people, including the gunman, were killed after a shooting spree at a shopping mall in the Bavarian capital.

The gunman, who was dressed in black, opened fire on a McDonald’s restaurant at the city’s Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping centre, before killing himself.

The shooting was thought to have started shortly after 5.30pm GMT.  Authorities evacuated  people from the mall while others hid  inside.

An employee inside the shopping centre said “many shots were fired”.

How many are dead?

Police have confirmed that at least 10  people were killed in the attack. 27 people, including several children, were injured in the attack and 10 are still in critical condition.

It had been feared that the death toll was higher in what a police spokeswoman described as a “shooting rampage”.

Earlier, Munchner Abendzeitung, the city’s evening paper, reported that as many as  15 people had been killed, with many more wounded.

German police special forces rushed to the scene, while members of the public fled from the area. At one point, Munich’s transport  network was shut down as a precaution. A state of emergency was declared in the city.

Armed police move past onlooking media responding to a shooting at a shopping centre in Munich  www.dailymail.co.uk

Where did the attack take place?

The attack took place at the shopping centre. Reports of shooting at two other locations – Hanauer Straße, then the Riesstraße – proved to be incorrect.

People in the mall  said a large number of shots were fired.

“All the people from outside came streaming into the store and I only saw one person on the ground who was so severely injured that he definitely didn’t survive,” one witness said.

What is the situation in Munich?

Shortly after 1am local time (midnight UK)  the police gave the all clear, saying the suspected gunman killed himself and had probably acted alone.

Police had warned people to go home, stay indoors and avoid public areas and highways. A state of emergency was declared in the city.

Who were the Munich shooting victims? Eight of nine dead under 20 years old www.theguardian.com

Who was responsible?

The Munich shooter was an 18-year-old Iranian-German “loner”  who reportedly complained of bullying shortly before gunning down his nine victims outside a shopping centre and fleeing the scene to commit suicide.

Named locally as Ali Sonboly, the killer is suspected of having used a fake Facebook account to lure young people to the Olympus shopping centre with the promise of buying them free gifts.

A police spokesman says they believe that suspect Ali Sonboly was “suffering from depression.”

Who are the victims?

Seven of the nine victims were teenagers. Three Turkish victims were named as Sevda Dag, Can Leyla and Selcuk Kilic.

One of the victims is understood to be an 18-year-old man who came toMunich from Greece.  According to a freelance journalist who was speaking to BBC 5 Live, the man was shot twice outside the McDonald’s.

Members of the public run away from the Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall, after a shooting

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He is said to have pushed his sister away as the gunman opened fire in an apparent attempt to save her.

His father reportedly suffered a heart attack after hearing of his son’s death and was taken to hospital.

The first victim to be named on Saturday was Zabergja Dijamant, a 21-year-old from Kosovo.

His father Naim was seen laying flowers for his late son near the mall where the shooting took place. He carried with him a photograph of his son.

A second Albanian victim Armela Segashi, was named by her brother on Facebook, who said he had died along with a third, Sabina Sulaj.

Did Munich killer lure children to their deaths on Facebook? | Daily Mail Online

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Who are the victims of the Munich shopping mall shooting?

The father of one of the victims is showing flowers and a picture of his son
The father of one of the victims is showing flowers and a picture of his son CREDIT: JOERG KOCH

Nine people were shot dead in Munich on Friday – seven of whom were teenagers –  after a gunman opened fire on a McDonald’s shopping centre before killing himself.

A further 27 people were seriously injured, and 10 are in a critical condition. “Nearly” all of the victims are aged between 14 and 21, according to TZ.

Four people were killed inside the McDonald’s while a fifth died outside, a senior German security official said on Friday.

Hero who ‘died trying to save his sister’

Three Turkish victims were named as Sevda Dag, Can Leyla, thought to be 14-years old and a friend of Sabina Sulaj, also killed, and Selcuk Kilic.

One of the victims is understood to be an 18-year-old man who came toMunich from Greece.

According to a freelance journalist who was speaking to BBC 5 Live, the man was shot twice outside the McDonald’s.

He is said to have pushed his sister away as the gunman opened fire in an apparent attempt to save her.

His father reportedly suffered a heart attack after hearing of his son’s death and was taken to hospital.

Can Leyla
Can Leyla

First victim named

The first victim to be named on Saturday was Zabergja Dijamant, a 21-year-old from Kosovo.

His father Naim was seen laying flowers for his late son near the mall where the shooting took place. He carried with him a photograph of his son.

On Facebook, he wrote: “With great sadness I want to inform you that my son Dijamant Zabergja, 21, was killed yesterday in Munich.”

The father of a victim shows a picture of his son near the Olympia shopping centre
The father of a victim shows a picture of his son near the Olympia shopping centre CREDIT:SEBASTIAN WIDMANN

A 45-year-old woman and a 15-year-old girl were also said to be among the victims.

Three of the victims are of Kosovan-Albanian origin according to Facebook posts by family members.

Armela Segash died in the McDonald's shooting accordig to her brother on Facebook
Armela Segash died in the McDonald’s shooting accordig to her brother on Facebook

A second victim Armela Segashi, 14, was named by her brother on Facebook, who said he had died along with a third, Sabina Sulaj, also 14 years old.

Arbnor Segashi asked Facebook friends at midnight to help him locate his little sister, saying she had been at the shopping centre and the family had not heard from her since news of the shooting broke.

But at 8am, Arbnor wrote on Facebook in both German and Albanian (the Segashis are of Kosovo-Albanian descent): “Armela — our beloved daughter, sister, friend and first of all beloved human being today lost her life in the shooting in Munich. We love you, angel.”

Dijamant Zabergia’s father Naim Zabergja wrote on Facebook: “With deep sadness I must tell relatives, acquaintances and friends that my son Dijamant Zabergja was killed aged 21 at the hands of terrorists in Munich.”

Like Armela Segashi, was is of Kosovo-Albanian descent. His father told the German press agency DPA that Dijamant met a friend for a drink at the shopping centre.

“His friend ran away, but he [the shooter] killed my son,” Naim Zabergja said. At 4am, the police knocked on his door. “I am still dreaming, I still don’t believe what happened, my family still doesn’t believe it either.”

Kosovo-Albanian, Sabina Sulaj, was said to have been at the shopping centre with Armela Segashi, German media reported.

German teenager killed

Friends gathered outside the shopping mall on Saturday lunchtime to mourn the death of their friend, Gulliano Kollmann,  an 18 year old German who was killed in Friday night’s shooting. A floral triute with a photo montage was set up opposite the shopping mall with a pictures around the word “memories”.

Tribute to German victtim

Psychological support staff steeped in as a young woman broke down in tears in front of the tribute, while others knelt down to add candles.

Shohel Chowdhury, a 19-year-old student came to pay tribute. “An old friend of mine was killed. He was my classmate, he was in my year.  We always played football, he lived near my house. I just saw him last week,” Mr Chowdhury told The Telegraph.

He said that his friend Gulliano, 18, was shot while outside McDonalds on Friday night.

“He was German but I think he had Romanian family. He was a funny guy, a normal guy. No one had anything against him. You hear about Nice, Paris and suddenly it happens in your own city. It’s McDonalds, where you go to get coffee and meet your friends – this is so shit what happened.”

 

The killer

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.

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.”

A reporter at the press conference asked if a “game” posted on Facebook offering free food at the McDonald’s at 4pm on Friday was an attempt to encourage people to congregate at the scene before the attack.

Mr Andrae said the game was “one part of the comprehensive investigation we are conducting”.

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