Shootings In Germany: What We Know And What We Don’t Know

Ten people were killed – one of whom appears to be the gunman – and at least 10 injured in a shooting at a shopping centre in the Bavarian capital.

What we know so far

  • Ten people have been killed – including the gunman – and at least 10 injured in a shooting in Munich. Police have referred to the incident as a suspected terror attack.
  • The gunman has been identified as an 18-year-old with dual German and Iranian nationality, who had been living in Germany for at least the past two years.
  • A major police operation, including elite anti-terror units, was launched in the city. Police earlier said that, based on witness reports, they were hunting up to three suspects armed with rifles.
  • Later in the evening, police issued a statement giving a “cautious all-clear” over the incident, saying they had found one person in connection who took their own life. There is a “high probability” that that person acted alone, officers said.
  • At 5.52pm gunshots were fired at a McDonald’s near the Olympia shopping centre (OEZ) in the northern Moosach area of the Bavarian capital.
  • Nine people were killed at the shopping centre, according to police. Police said a body, found about 1 km (0.6 miles) from the scene, was found to be that of the attacker.
  • Luan Zequiri, a witness who was near the restaurant at the time of the initial shooting, told broadcaster n-tv that he saw only one attacker, wearing boots and a backpack, who shouted “an anti-foreigner slur”.
  • A video later appears to show a gunman firing a pistol on the rooftop car park of the shopping centre and engaging in a furious shouting match with a bystander, during which he said “I am German!”
  • Police have said all customers have now been evacuated from the shopping centre.
  • The German government has set up a crisis response committee and the interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, currently on a visit to the US, is returning home.
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel will convene her security council, made up of senior ministers, on Saturday in Berlin, her chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, said.
  • Residents were warned via Munich’s smartphone warning system to avoid public places, stay in their homes where possible, and turn on the TV and radio.
  • Munich central station was closed and evacuated and the underground system and bus network were also suspended. But police said later the city’s transport network had been re-opened.
  • Hospitals throughout Munich are on emergency alert and in “catastrophe mode”.

What we don’t know

  • No claim of responsibility has been made and there is no indication so far of the motives of the attacker. Police have said they cannot confirm any Islamist link.
  • No one has so far been arrested.
  • Police have said they could not confirm earlier reports of possible other shootings elsewhere in the city, including in a large square known locally as Stachus.
  • It is not yet clear whether the shootings, described as a “rampage” by police, amounted to a coordinated or planned attack.