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10 dead in Munich shooting spree

Not less than 21 people were injured, including three who were in serious condition, says Munich Police

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Publish Date: Jul 23 2016 12:29PM | Updated Date: Jul 23 2016 8:46PM

10 dead in Munich shooting spree

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At least 10 people have died, including the gunman who opened fire near Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall in Gaermany’s  Moosach district, Munich Police has said.

It’s police chief Hubertus Andrae told reporters on Saturday that the man who killed nine people and injured several others in a shooting spree at a mall in the German city of Munich has committed suicide when he encountered police and was likely a lone shooter.
 
"We found a man, who killed him himself. We assume, that he was the only shooter. #gunfire #munich," the police had tweeted earlier.
 
Not less than 21 people were injured, he said, including three who were in serious condition.
 
The police chief said that the gunman was 18-year-old Iranian from Munich who had been living in Munich for longer than two years, CNN reported.
 
"Police don't believe the gunman, an 18-year-old German-Iranian, had any accomplices," he noted.
 
The reason for the shootings was not yet known, the police president said, adding that 2,300 law enforcement officials responded to the incident, BBC reported. 
 
Police had declared a terror alarm for south Germany after shooting.
 
Munich's main train station was evacuated completely and the city's transport system was suspended. 
 
People had offered space to the stranded people in their own homes on social media, using the hashtag #Offenetuer -- which means "open door" -- for people who are stranded without a way to get home, BBC reported. 
 
Muslim newspaper in Germany, Islamische Zeitung, tweeted that mosques in Munich would stay open overnight for anyone who needs refuge.
 
Reports of shooting at the Marienplatz station in Munich also made rounds in the media.
 
A gunman opened fire in Stachus Square, Munich's main square just three miles away from the Munich Olympia centre.
 
Frightened shoppers were seen running for their lives from the Munich Olympia Shopping Centre after hearing gunshots.
 
A video purporting to show the shooter, dressed in black, firing 20 shots has been posted on Twitter. The footage shows him outside a McDonald's directly outside the shopping centre.
 
The area around the Munich Olympia Shopping Centre was sealed off and the police had told people to stay at home and avoid the streets.
 
The anti-terror special unit of the federal police was deployed to the city. Border patrol helicopters were deployed to hunt for the attackers.
 
The authorities had warned of the danger of further attacks.
 
The shopping mall is located next to the Olympic Stadium in the city where 11 Israeli athletes and coaches were murdered by the Black September Palestinian militant group during the Olympic Games in 1972.
 
German President Joachim Gauck, said that he was "horrified" by the shooting in Munich.
 
In a statement, Mr Gauck said: "I am with all the victims in my thoughts and all those who are mourning or fearful for loved ones." 
 
He also offered his "solidarity" to people in the emergency services who are working this evening, trying to "protect people and save lives".