Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Munich killer

Attacker researched rampage killings, police say

Yesterday it was thought there were three shooters.

Only one, an 18 year old kid.

Yesterday the first guess was ISIS and the second guess was anti-immigrationists.

Police said there was also likely to be significance in the timing of the attack, five years to the day since Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in Norway in 2011, many of them attendees at a youth camp.

But right now it looks like it was just a spree killer.

Not a terrorist or even a hate killer of any kind.

The teen gunman who killed nine people in a shooting rampage in Munich on Friday was a mentally troubled individual who had extensively researched spree killings and had no apparent links to ISIS, police said.

Speaking at a press conference in the southern German city Saturday, police officials said the 18-year-old lone attacker -- who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound -- had no political motivations, and no references to religion had been found in documents in his home.

Rather, investigators searching his belongings found numerous documents on rampage killings, including a book entitled "Rampage in My Mind -- Why Students Kill," said Robert Heimberger, president of the Bavarian State Criminal Police Office.

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Three of the victims were 14, two were 15, one was 17 and another 19, while a 20-year-old and a 45-year-old were also killed. 

Three were female.

The victims all were German nationals from the Munich area, officials said. 

Turkey's Foreign Ministry said three of the victims were also Turkish nationals, naming them as Sevda Dag, born in 1971; Can Leyla, born in 2001; and Selcuk Kilic, according to Turkey's semiofficial Anadolu news agency.

Another of the victims was also a Greek citizen, Greece's Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

The attack left 27 people wounded, 10 of them with serious injuries, Andrae said.

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The attacker used a 9 mm Glock 17 pistol that was likely obtained illegally, because the serial number had been scratched off, and was found with about 300 rounds of ammunition in his rucksack, police said.

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Police have not named the attacker, but said he had dual German and Iranian nationality and was born and raised in Munich.

De Maiziere said there had been no previous police or intelligence agency investigations into the attacker, the son of Shiite Muslims from Iran who came to Germany as asylum seekers in the 1990s.

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