What We Know About Munich Mall Shooting Spree So Far

Did the shooter, an German-Iranian teen, act alone? What was his motive?

The entrance of a McDonalds restaurant is seen near the Olympia shopping mall, where the s shooting rampage started, in Munich, Germany, July 23, 2016.
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DPA – At least nine people were killed late Friday in a shooting spree that started at a McDonald's in a shopping center in the German city of Munich. Here's what we know so far:

- All of the people killed were Munich residents, including seven teenagers.

- The suspected  gunman died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound; the body was found about 1 kilometer away from the shopping center with a 9mm Glock pistol and at least 300 rounds of ammunition.

- The shooter was an 18-year-old German-Iranian and the incident is being treated as a classic case of someone running amok with "no political motivation," the state prosecutor says, noting he had no ties to ISIS.

Alleged gunman behind mass shooting in Munich that left at least 9 dead. July 23, 2016.
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- The German-born suspect was obsessed with mass shootings and had done considerable amount of research about the topic. The initial investigation suggested he had been treated for psychological problems.

- Authorities are still trying to determine a motive, and de Maiziere said they were investigating reports that the shooter had been bullied by his peers.

- The gunman acted alone; two men initially suspected as accomplices after leaving the scene in a car were interviewed and cleared, police said.

- Munich authorities activated the country's GSG 9 counter-terrorism unit.

- The German government called a crisis meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, but Chancellor Angela Merkel was not yet in attendance.

- Germany's national security council, headed by Merkel, will meet in Berlin on Saturday.

- Police initially spoke of an "acute state of terror."

- The shooting started at 5:52 pm (1552 GMT).

- The shooting prompted the evacuation of the main train station and touched off a widespread state of panic across the city.

- Authorities suspended public transportation, but later said services had resumed.

- German President Joachim Gauck condemned the "murderous attack in Munich."

- The White House has condemned what it called "the apparent terrorist attack that has claimed innocent lives in Munich."

- Around 100 witnesses to the attack are being supervised by crisis intervention teams.

- Iran condemned the attack, and urged the world to unite in the battle against terror.

- The shooting is the third attack on civilians in Western Europe in eight days.