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Munich shooting: Gunman 'lured children to McDonald's with free food Facebook advert' before deadly massacre claimed nine lives

An 18-year-old Iranian from Munich is thought to have been the gunman who shot nine dead and injured up to 21 others before killing himself, police in the city said

Published 23/07/2016

In this Friday, July 22, 2016 photo provided by Wael Ladki people take shelter as armed police officers are on the hunt for possible fugitives after a shooting in a shopping mall in Munich, southern Germany. A gunman killed 9 people before killing himself. (Wael Ladki via AP)
In this Friday, July 22, 2016 photo provided by Wael Ladki people take shelter as armed police officers are on the hunt for possible fugitives after a shooting in a shopping mall in Munich, southern Germany. A gunman killed 9 people before killing himself. (Wael Ladki via AP)
Police men guard the crime scene at OEZ shopping center the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
In this Friday, July 22, 2016 photo provided by Wael Ladki heavily armed police officers sit in the trunk of the SUV as they are on the hunt for possible fugitives after a shooting in a shopping mall in Munich, southern Germany. (Wael Ladki via AP)
In this Friday, July 22, 2016 photo provided by Wael Ladki a police officer shows the way to people fleeing after a shooting in a shopping mall in Munich, southern Germany. (Wael Ladki via AP)
Bavarian state governor Horst Seehofer, Munich's lord mayor Dieter Reiter and members of the Bavarian state government attend the crime scene for wreath-laying ceremony at OEZ shopping center the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Police men guard the crime scene at OEZ shopping center the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Police men guard the crime scene at OEZ shopping center the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Police men guard the crime scene at OEZ shopping center the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
People lay flowers and candles outside the OEZ shopping center the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Police secure the area around the McDonalds Restaurant and OEZ shopping centre the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
A candle with the words "Warum? Pourquoi? Why?" written on it is placed outside the OEZ shopping center the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
People lay flowers and candles outside the OEZ shopping center the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Young people mourn at an underground station near the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping centre on July 23, 2016, one day after the attack at the shopping centre in Munich, southern Germany. AFP/Getty Images
Police cars are parked near the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping centre on July 23, 2016, one day after the attack at the shopping centre in Munich, southern Germany. AFP/Getty Images
A woman cries at a make shift memorial site near the Olympia shopping center where a shooting took place leaving nine people dead the day before on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (AP Photo/Sebastian Widmann)
Two young women mourn at an underground station near the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping centre on July 23, 2016, one day after the attack at the shopping centre in Munich, southern Germany. AFP/Getty Images
A woman lights a candle at an underground station near the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping centre in Munich, southern Germany, on July 23, 2016, one day after the attack at the shopping centre in Munich. AFP/Getty Images
Police stand at a the crime scene where a shooting took place in front of a fast food restaurant leaving nine people dead the day before on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (AP Photo/Sebastian Widmann)
Policemen patrol through a pedestrian area in Munich, southern Germany, on July 23, 2016, one day after the attack at the shopping centre in Munich. Police were probing the motives of the lone teenage German-Iranian gunman who went on a deadly rampage at a busy Munich shopping centre, the third bloody attack on civilians in Europe in just over a week. Nine people were killed and another 16 wounded as the black-clad gunman brought terror to Germany's third largest city on Friday evening, July 22, 2016, before committing suicide. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Daniel Karmann / Germany OUTDANIEL KARMANN/AFP/Getty Images
Policemen stand in front of a cordoned-off underground station near the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping centre in Munich, southern Germany, on July 23, 2016, one day after the attack at the shopping centre in Munich. Police were probing the motives of the lone teenage German-Iranian gunman who went on a deadly rampage at a busy Munich shopping centre, the third bloody attack on civilians in Europe in just over a week. Nine people were killed and another 16 wounded as the black-clad gunman brought terror to Germany's third largest city on Friday evening, July 22, 2016, before committing suicide. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Karl-Josef Hildenbrand / Germany OUTKARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND/AFP/Getty Images
A woman stands near a mall where a shooting took place leaving nine people dead the day before on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
Policemen stand in front of an apartment building in Munich's Dachauer Strasse street on July 23, 2016, one day after the attack at the shopping centre in Munich. Police were probing the motives of the lone teenage German-Iranian gunman who went on a deadly rampage at a busy Munich shopping centre, the third bloody attack on civilians in Europe in just over a week. Nine people were killed and another 16 wounded as the black-clad gunman brought terror to Germany's third largest city on Friday evening, July 22, 2016, before committing suicide. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Tobias Hase / Germany OUTTOBIAS HASE/AFP/Getty Images
A little boy puts down flowers near a mall where a shooting took place leaving nine people dead the day before on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
Policemen stand in front of an apartment building in Munich's Dachauer Strasse street on July 23, 2016, one day after the attack at the shopping centre in Munich. Police were probing the motives of the lone teenage German-Iranian gunman who went on a deadly rampage at a busy Munich shopping centre, the third bloody attack on civilians in Europe in just over a week. Nine people were killed and another 16 wounded as the black-clad gunman brought terror to Germany's third largest city on Friday evening, July 22, 2016, before committing suicide. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Tobias Hase / Germany OUTTOBIAS HASE/AFP/Getty Images
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 23: A woman and her children lay flowers and candles outside the OEZ shopping center the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. According to police an 18-year-old German man of Iranian descent shot nine people dead and wounded at least 16 before he shot himself in a nearby park. For hours during the spree and the following manhunt the city lay paralyzed as police ordered people to stay off the streets. Original reports of up to three attackers seem to have been unfounded. The shooter's motive is so far unclear. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 23: Police and fire services clean the area the shooting occured outside the OEZ shopping center, the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. According to police an 18-year-old German man of Iranian descent shot nine people dead and wounded at least 16 before he shot himself in a nearby park. For hours during the spree and the following manhunt the city lay paralyzed as police ordered people to stay off the streets. Original reports of up to three attackers seem to have been unfounded. The shooter's motive is so far unclear. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 23: The father (C) of one of the victims carries flowers as he shows a picture of his son (on the picture his son is named as Zabergja Dijamant) as he arrives outside the OEZ shopping center the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. According to police an 18-year-old German man of Iranian descent shot nine people dead and wounded at least 16 before he shot himself in a nearby park. For hours during the spree and the following manhunt the city lay paralyzed as police ordered people to stay off the streets. Original reports of up to three attackers seem to have been unfounded. The shooter's motive is so far unclear. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 23: A small boy places a candle outside the OEZ shopping center the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. According to police an 18-year-old German man of Iranian descent shot nine people dead and wounded at least 16 before he shot himself in a nearby park. For hours during the spree and the following manhunt the city lay paralyzed as police ordered people to stay off the streets. Original reports of up to three attackers seem to have been unfounded. The shooter's motive is so far unclear. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 23: The father of one of the victims carries flowers and a picture of his son (on the picture his son is named as Zabergja Dijamant) as he arrives outside the OEZ shopping center and becomes help by a crisis intervention team the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. According to police an 18-year-old German man of Iranian descent shot nine people dead and wounded at least 16 before he shot himself in a nearby park. For hours during the spree and the following manhunt the city lay paralyzed as police ordered people to stay off the streets. Original reports of up to three attackers seem to have been unfounded. The shooter's motive is so far unclear. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 23: The father of one of the victims is showing flowers and a picture of his son (on the picture his son is named as Zabergja Dijamant) as he arrives outside the OEZ shopping center the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. According to police an 18-year-old German man of Iranian descent shot nine people dead and wounded at least 16 before he shot himself in a nearby park. For hours during the spree and the following manhunt the city lay paralyzed as police ordered people to stay off the streets. Original reports of up to three attackers seem to have been unfounded. The shooter's motive is so far unclear. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 23: A mourning woman waits with flowers and candles outside the OEZ shopping center, the day after a shooting spree left nine victims dead on July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. According to police an 18-year-old German man of Iranian descent shot nine people dead and wounded at least 16 before he shot himself in a nearby park. For hours during the spree and the following manhunt the city lay paralyzed as police ordered people to stay off the streets. Original reports of up to three attackers seem to have been unfounded. The shooter's motive is so far unclear. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Flowers were laid near a mall where a shooting took place leaving nine people dead the day before on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (AP Photo/Sebastian Widmann)
Police officers secure the area around the shopping mall Olympia Einkaufzentrum OEZ in Munich on July 23, 2016, a day after a gunman went on a shooting rampage, killing eight people in a suspected terror attack. The southern city was in lockdown after the shootings, which saw panicked shoppers fleeing the Olympia mall as armed anti-terror police roamed the streets in search of assailant. / AFP PHOTO / Christof StacheCHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers secure evidence from a flat in Dachauer Strasse after a shooting the day before leaving nine people dead on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)
Police officers guard with guns as other officers escort people from inside the shopping center as they respond to a shooting at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ) at July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
Police escort evacuated people from the shopping mall (the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ) in Munich on July 22, 2016 following a shootings earlier. AFP/Getty Images
An armed police man guards the downtown pedestrian zone near Marienplatz square following a rampage shooting in the city on July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 22: Police arrest three men, whose identities and roles were not yet confirmed, near Marienplatz square following a rampage shooting in the city on July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. Several people have been killed and an unknown number injured in a shooting at a shopping centre at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ). (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 22: An armed police man guards the downtown pedestrian zone near Marienplatz square following a rampage shooting in the city on July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. Several people have been killed and an unknown number injured in a shooting at a shopping centre at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ). (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 22: Police arrest three men, whose identities and roles were not yet confirmed, near Marienplatz square following a rampage shooting in the city on July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. Several people have been killed and an unknown number injured in a shooting at a shopping centre at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ). (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 22: Police arrest three men, whose identities and roles were not yet confirmed, near Marienplatz square following a rampage shooting in the city on July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. Several people have been killed and an unknown number injured in a shooting at a shopping centre at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ). (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 22: Police arrest three men, whose identities and roles were not yet confirmed, near Marienplatz square following a rampage shooting in the city on July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. Several people have been killed and an unknown number injured in a shooting at a shopping centre at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ). (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 22: Police arrest a man whose identity and role was not yet confirmed, near Marienplatz square following a rampage shooting in the city on July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. Several people have been killed and an unknown number injured in a shooting at a shopping centre at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ). (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 22: Police arrest three men, whose identities and roles were not yet confirmed, near Marienplatz square following a rampage shooting in the city on July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. Several people have been killed and an unknown number injured in a shooting at a shopping centre at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ). (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 22: Police arrest three men, whose identities and roles were not yet confirmed, near Marienplatz square following a rampage shooting in the city on July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. Several people have been killed and an unknown number injured in a shooting at a shopping centre at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ). (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 22: An armed police man guards the downtown pedestrian zone near Marienplatz square following a rampage shooting in the city on July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. Several people have been killed and an unknown number injured in a shooting at a shopping centre at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ). (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 22: Police arrest three men, whose identities and roles were not yet confirmed, near Marienplatz square following a rampage shooting in the city on July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. Several people have been killed and an unknown number injured in a shooting at a shopping centre at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ). (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Police evacuates people from the shopping mall in Munich on July 22, 2016 following a shooting earlier. At least one person has been killed and 10 wounded in a shooting at a shopping centre in Munich on Friday, German police said. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGERSTRINGER/AFP/Getty Images
Evacuated people from the shopping mall walk with their hands up in Munich on July 22, 2016 following a shooting earlier. At least one person has been killed and 10 wounded in a shooting at a shopping centre in Munich on Friday, German police said. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGERSTRINGER/AFP/Getty Images
In this grab taken from video, armed police walk in the area of the Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall, after a shooting, in Munich, Germany, Friday, July 22, 2016. A manhunt was underway Friday for a shooter or shooters who opened fire at a shopping mall in Munich, killing and wounding several people, a Munich police spokeswoman said. The city transit system shut down and police asked people to avoid public places. (AP)
Heavily armed police forces stand outside the Olympia shopping centre where several people have been killed in a shooting in Munich, southern Germany, Friday, July 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Sebastian Widmann)
Armed policemen arrive at a shopping centre in which a shooting was reported in Munich, southern Germany, Friday, July 22, 2016. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)
Policemen are seen following shootings at a shopping mall on July 22, 2016 in Munich. AFP/Getty Images
Policemen arrive at a shopping mall following shootings on July 22, 2016 in Munich. AFP/Getty Images
Policemen patrol th Stachus square following shootings at a shopping mall on July 22, 2016 in Munich. AFP/Getty Images
Police cars stand outside the Olympia shopping centre after a shooting was reported there in Munich, southern Germany, Friday, July 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Marc Kleine-Kleffmann)
Police secures teh area of a subway station Karlsplatz (Stachus) near a shopping mall following a shooting on July 22, 2016 in Munich. AFP/Getty Images
A policeman stands with a gun near a shopping mall following shootings on July 22, 2016 in Munich. AFP/Getty Images
Heavily armed police officers with weapons prepare to respond to a shooting at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ) at July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
A police helicopter patrols over a shopping mall following a shooting on July 22, 2016 in Munich. AFP/Getty Images
Police walks inside a subyay station Karlsplatz (Stachus) near a shopping mall following a shooting on July 22, 2016 in Munich. AFP/Getty Images
A police officer responds to the shooting at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ) at July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Marc Mueller/Getty Images)
Police officers respond to the shooting at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ) at July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Marc Mueller/Getty Images)
Police officers respond to a shooting at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ) at July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
Police officers respond to the shooting at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ) at July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Marc Mueller/Getty Images)
Police officers respond to the shooting at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ) at July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Marc Mueller/Getty Images)
Police secures the area outside a shopping center in Munich on July 22, 2016 following a shooting. AFP/Getty Images
Police secures the area inside a shopping center in Munich on July 22, 2016 following a shooting. AFP/Getty Images
Police secures the entrance to a subway station near a shopping mall where a shooting took place on July 22, 2016 in Munich. AFP/Getty Images
Police secures the area inside a shopping center in Munich on July 22, 2016 following a shooting. AFP/Getty Images
In this frame grab taken from video, people run from the Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping centre after a shooting, in Munich, Germany, Friday, July 22, 2016 (Thamina Stoll/UGC via AP)
Police and firefighters are seen near a shopping mall amid a shooting on July 22, 2016 in Munich. AFP/Getty Images
Police walks near a shopping mall amid a shooting on July 22, 2016 in Munich. AFP/Getty Images
Armed police move past onlooking media responding to a shooting at a shopping center in Munich, Germany, Friday July 22, 2016. (AP Photo/APTV)
Police in Munich, Germany respond to a shooting at a shopping center in Munich, Friday July 22, 2016. (AP Photo/APTV)
Munich: Reports of a shooting at a shopping centre (Image: Google Maps)

An 18-year-old German-Iranian man opened fire in a crowded Munich shopping mall and a nearby McDonald's killing nine people and wounding 16 others before killing himself, the chief of police in the Bavarian capital said on Saturday.

Police gave a "cautious all clear" early on Saturday morning, more than seven hours after the attack began, and brought much of the city to a standstill as all public transit systems were shut down amid a massive manhunt. They said a body found near the scene was that of the shooter and he appeared to have acted alone.

Investigators are probing claims he may have set up a fake Facebook account which he used to post an advert offering free food in a bid to lure children to their deaths.

Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae told a news conference the suspect was a dual citizen from Munich and his motive was still "fully unclear".

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Mr Andrae said the suspect's body was found about 2 1/2 hours after the attack and was identified to be the shooter based on witness statements and closed circuit television footage of the attack. He was not previously known to police and there was no evidence of any links to terrorist organisations, Mr Andrae said.

Witnesses had reported seeing three men with firearms near the Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall. However, the police chief said two people who fled the area quickly were investigated but had "nothing to do with the incident".

Mr Andrae said the nine fatalities included young people and children were among the 16 wounded, three of whom were in critical condition.

Mr Andrae said the suspect's body was found about 2 1/2 hours after the attack and was identified to be the shooter based on witness statements and closed circuit television footage of the attack. He was not previously known to police and there was no evidence of any links to terrorist organisations, Mr Andrae said.

Witnesses had reported seeing three men with firearms near the Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall. However, the police chief said two people who fled the area quickly were investigated but had "nothing to do with the incident".

Mr Andrae said the nine fatalities included young people and children were among the 16 wounded, three of whom were in critical condition.

Neighbours of the attacker told German media that he was a "quiet guy."

"He lived right next to me," German newspaper Bild quoted a neighbour as saying.

Police secures the area inside a shopping center in Munich on July 22, 2016 following a shooting. AFP/Getty Images
Police secures the area inside a shopping center in Munich on July 22, 2016 following a shooting. AFP/Getty Images
Police secures the area inside a shopping center in Munich on July 22, 2016 following a shooting. AFP/Getty Images
Police secures the entrance to a subway station near a shopping mall where a shooting took place on July 22, 2016 in Munich. AFP/Getty Images

"A friend of mine went to school with him and said he was rather a quiet guy. He recognised him from the videos from the scene."

Police commandos, armed with night vision equipment and dogs, raided an apartment in the Munich neighbourhood of Maxvorstadt early on Saturday where Bild said the gunman lived with his parents.

Friday was also the fifth anniversary of the massacre in Norway by Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people. Breivik is a hero for far-right militants in Europe and America.

Thousands of people had been crowding the streets and squares in Munich's city centre on Friday for a beer festival.

"There were a few people who came running towards us who were screaming and in panic. But mostly it was surprisingly calm," said Elena Hakes, wearing a blue traditional dress, who had been with a friend in the Odeonsplatz square.

The incidents in Germany follow an attack in Nice, France, in which a Tunisian drove a truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day, killing 84. Islamic State claimed responsibility.

The Munich assault was also reminiscent of militant attacks in a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2013, and in Mumbai, India, in 2008.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende said on Twitter: "Horrible killings in Munich. Taking place on the same day as we mourn & remember the appalling terror that hit Norway so hard five years ago."

Northern Ireland holidaymaker describes panic

A Northern Ireland holidaymaker was caught up in the chaos.

Jerome Burns, who is on holiday with his wife, was in a railway station when news of the shootings broke.

"We were buying train tickets when suddenly there was a massive alert," he told the BBC.

"People were running all over the place.

"We were all bundled out, down a back door into the bottom of the railway station, where we were kept for about half an hour.

"The station, at that stage, was closed - all the public transport was closed - and we were told to get back to our hotel as quickly as we could.

"We didn't really understand what was being said.

"It was really manic coming out of the station, police everywhere, stations absolutely evacuated, ambulances and lights all over the place."

Mr Burns said he and the other guests were "in a state of shock".

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