What was initially said to be a coordinated attack killing 9 and wounding 27, involving up to three gunmen has since been attributed to a lone, 18-year-old German-born male student with both German and Iranian citizenship, identified moments ago as David Ali Sonboly. As authorities try to piece together the motive behind the latest mass killing, the third one in Europe in the past 9 days, and one which targeted mostly other young people, the emerging picture is that of a mentally disturbed young man with an obssession for killing sprees, and who had undergone psychiatric treatment.
German ARD said that there are “no indications” so far that the gunman was motivated by religious or political views.
The gunman was not a refugee, Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae told a news conference on Saturday. He added that the gunman shot dead nine people and then committed suicide with a 9mm Glock semi-automatic pistol, and that 300 rounds were found in his backpack. The victims’ ages were 15, 15, 14, 14, 14, 17, 19, 20, and 45, the latter of whom was female.