At least nine individuals have been reported killed in a new mass shooting in Munich Friday afternoon. Initial reports from German police indicate the Munich shooting looks like a terrorist attack.
The shooting happened in a busy shopping Munich mall Olympia late afternoon Friday when families with children are mostly in malls for the weekend. In an interview with the CNN, a woman said her eight-year-old son saw one of the suspects reload his gun inside the mall’s bathroom. The German city of Munich is home to around 1.5 million people.
A witness, whose identity was withheld, said the man went out of the bathroom and began shooting targeting children. The woman also said her son heard the man shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is Great) before started the shooting spree.
The shooting incident happened around 6 p.m. local time, while the shopping center was at its busiest hours and was filled with tourists and locals and the like. German police initially identified at least three suspects who remained at large as of 9 p.m. local time.
As of press time, the police are saying that there was only one gunman who later shoot himself in a street outside the mall after the attack. Police say the man was 18-years-old and a German-Iranian decent.
As of Friday evening, the German police have not ruled out the possibility of the terror attack behind the shooting. Initial reports also indicated that the incidents could be a case of terrorist attack.
Just this week, a 17-year-old Afghan refugee carried out an ax attack, targeting 20 passengers inside a train in the German city of Bavaria. Reports say that the suspect shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ before attacking train riders.
“At 17.50 local time, reports came in about a shooting near Hanauer Street, which then progressed to Ries Street and the Olympia shopping mall,” German police said in a statement on Facebook as quoted by the Reuters.
After the incident, photos and videos of the actual attack have spread in the internet like a wildfire. But German authorities have warned the public to refrain from posting their pictures of the incident on social media, especially since the suspects remained on the loose.