MUNICH GUNMAN LURED PEOPLE TO THE MALL WITH FAKE GIVE-AWAY

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The 18-year old gunman who went on a shooting spree and killed 9 people in Munich, Germany on Friday sent out an online invitation about a bogus free giveaway to attract more people to the site of the attack.

According to German officials, the gunman hacked a Facebook account and sent a message urging people to come to the Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall for a free giveaway.    He sent the “free offer” from a young woman’s account.  The posting urged people to come to the mall at 4 p.m., saying: “I’ll give you something if you want, but not too expensive.”

The motive behind the shooting remains unclear, despite early reports indicating it appeared to be terror related.  Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae says there is no evidence of  the shooter being associated with the Islamic State, nor is there any link to the shooting having anything to do with refugees.

Peter Beck, a Munich police spokesman, said officers were still collecting evidence at the scene of the crime Saturday morning.

Beck said the number of people receiving hospital treatment stood at 16, three of whom were seriously wounded. Security restrictions in the city have been lifted and public transport is operating as normal, Beck said.

The suspect was identified as an 18-year-old German-Iranian man, who was born and raised in Munich. Prosecutor Steinkraus Koch tells a news conference the suspect had a book titled: “Rampage in Head: Why Students Kill.”

Investigators also found evidence that the killer had suffered from psychological problems and received treatment, but details were still being confirmed.

The suspect’s body was found about 2 1/2 hours after the attack.  The killer shot himself in the head.







 

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