Teen attacker obsessed with mass killers
THE teenager who shot dead nine people in a gun rampage here was “obsessed” with mass killers like Norwegian right-wing fanatic Anders Behring Breivik and had no links to the Islamic State group, police said.
Europe reacted in shock to the third attack on the continent in just over a week, after David Ali Sonboly, 18, went on a shooting spree at a shopping centre on July 22, before turning the gun on himself.
Officials said Sonboly, a GermanIranian student, had a history of mental illness.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the teenager had likely hacked a girl’s Facebook account and used it to lure victims to the McDonald’s outlet where he began his rampage.
“There is absolutely no link to the Islamic State,” Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae said, with prosecutors describing the assault as a “classic act by a deranged person”.
Investigators see an “obvious link” between the July 22 killings and Breivik’s massacre of 77 people in Norway exactly five years earlier, Mr Andrae said.
Chancellor Angela Merkel, in expressing her dismay, said Munich had suffered a “night of horror”.
Most of the victims in the attack were young people, with three aged just 14, police said.
Munich prosecutor Thomas Steinkraus-Koch said Sonboly had suffered depression, but voiced caution over reports he may have undergone psychiatric treatment.
The teenager had 300 rounds of ammunition in a rucksack when he targeted the busy Olympia shopping mall, just minutes away from the flat he shared with his family.
Police are investigating how he managed to obtain his weapon, a 9mm Glock pistol with a defaced serial number.
Germany’s bestselling Bild newspaper pointed out that a Glock pistol was also among the firearms used by Breivik. –
Candles and a letter reading “We are with you” lie in front of the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping centre in Munich on July 23, one day after a teenage German-Iranian gunman killed nine people and wounded 16.