Munich gunman had no known connections to terrorism, ISIS
MUNICH, Germany (CNN) — Although police had engaged in a shootout with the Munich gunman, an autopsy indicated he had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police officials told a press conference in Munich on Saturday.
No suicide note had been found in the attacker’s home, nor was there any reference to religion found in the documents recovered by investigators, officials said.
The attacker’s parents were in too much of a state of shock to help police in their investigations, officials said. Police also revealed that the attacker had been a victim of “bodily harm” in an incident that involved other young people in 2012.
Police investigating the Munich shooting rampage say that there is an “obvious” link with Anders Behring Breivik’s massacre in Norway, which was carried out exactly five years to the day before Friday’s attacks.
Besides the date, investigators pointed to several other connections, such as the young age of the victims, and the fact the attacker extensively researched “rampages” or mass shootings.
Breivik, a far-right terrorist, killed 77 people in attacks in 2011.
The Munich attacker was an 18-year-old student who was born and raised in the city, Munich Police Chief Hubertus Andrae said at a press conference Saturday.
He said the gunman was “not connected with refugees at all.” The gunman had received medical treatment for mental issues, a police official said, and investigators are still looking into his mental condition.
The Munich gunman used a 9-mm Glock 17 pistol that was likely obtained illegally, because the serial number had been scratched off, police told journalists in Munich on Saturday. The gunman was found armed with about 300 bullets.
A total of 10 people died in the shooting, including the gunman who killed himself.
Most of the nine victims killed in the Munich shooting were teenagers, officials told journalists Saturday. Three of the victims were 14, two were 15, one was 17 and another 19. A 20-year-old and a 45-year-old were also killed. Three of the victims were female, officials said.
Investigations into the Munich shooting indicate that the gunman may have made a Facebook post falsely claiming that the McDonald’s where the attack took place was offering discounts, said Robert Heimberger, president of the Bavarian State Criminal Police Office. “We need to verify this, but we believe it may be done by this perpetrator,” he told journalists.
The investigation into the Munich shooting rampage so far indicates that there was no political motivation for the attack, Munich prosecutor Thomas Steinkraus-Koch said Saturday.
Police searching the Munich gunman’s family apartment found evidence in his room that he had been researching shooting rampages, including a book entitled “Rampage in My Mind — Why Students Kill,” said Robert Heimberger, president of the Bavarian State Criminal Police Office.
Ten of the 27 people injured in the Munich shooting rampage have serious injuries, Police Chief Hubertus Andrae told journalists Saturday.
Police searched the bedroom of the 18-year-old gunman who killed nine people in Munich on Friday and found documents about going on a rampage, Munich Police Chief Hubertus Andrae told journalists. There were no indications the attacker had a connection to ISIS, he said.
The 18-year-old stormed a McDonald’s outside the Olympia mall in Munich on Friday evening, police Chief Hubertus Andrae said.
At first, authorities believed there were three attackers involved and warned residents to avoid public places, sending terrified shoppers running to strangers’ homes nearby.
Police put the city on lockdown and and halted public transportation.
Shortly after, surveillance video and witness statements concluded it was one attacker, according to the police chief. He said the gunman was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Special police forces searched an apartment in the Munich neighborhood of Maxvorstadt on Saturday morning, apparently in connection with the shootings, residents told CNN.
A witness who was in the restaurant said her son was in the bathroom with the gunman.
“That’s where he loaded his weapon,” said Lauretta, who only wanted to be identified by her first name.
She said she saw many children casualties.
“I hear like an alarm and boom, boom, boom … and he’s still killing the children. The children were sitting to eat. They can’t run.”
Lauretta said she heard the gunman say, “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great” in Arabic.
“I know this because I’m Muslim. I hear this and I only cry,” she said