UPDATE: SATURDAY MUNICH POLICE NEWS CONFERENCE
Death toll rises to 10 people, includes children and 3 women. 27 injured, of those, 10 in critical state.
Gunman acted on his own, not part of a terrorist organisation or any links or connection.
Known mental issues.
No motive established.
Gunman, German born and grew up in Munich.
Gunfire exchanged with gunman by plain clothes firearm team.
2,300 Officers called in overnight and 800 police continue to work on the operation, investigating background.
9mm Gloch 17 gun used, serial number illegally removed, some cartridges remained in gun, he had 300 cartridges with him.
Gunman had no firearms licence.
Gunman had press cuttings and possible computer material on 'frenzied attacks.'
Police have amassed large quantity of video data.
No reason to stay away from Munich or cancel events, crime scene mainly cleared with exception of one small area.
Gunman had one shot wound in head area, act of suicide indicated, gunman left handed. Post Mortem has taken place.
Next of kin of deceased informed by now.
He had no criminal record, no constitutional protection (prison) record.
3,410 emergency calls received in connection with this - normally four operational days worth, we assume gunman had mental issues.
We searched and investigated only one flat, No 'letter of farewell' recovered.
All transportation was shut down [in Munich] owing to nature of reports phoned in.
All services now restored.
An 18-year-old Iranian German male armed with a handgun, who lived in Munich, Germany turns out to be the sole gunman who shot dead nine people ( including children) at a shopping mall, and caused twenty people to be admitted to hospital, three of those admitted are in a critical condition, no motive has been disclosed, and it is not clear if the gunman shot himself (most likely) or was shot by police in an exchange of gunfire. The City placed under a State of Emergency has now returned to normality, and the transport system restored. Police are confident the 18-year-old male was acting alone.
Police holding an early morning press conference said more than 2,300 police officers were involved, drawn from all over Germany, Switzerland and Austria. They will not be releasing further details, until next of kin had been informed, but appealed for any camera phone video footage of the incident or area at the time of the shootings, taken by members of the public and media to be sent to police.
UPDATE: 22:40hrs CET Police possibly confirming body of one gunman in revised toll of NINE dead. Specialist GSG9 firearms teams activated.
UPDATE: 22:30hrs CET State of Emergency declared. Death toll now confirmed as EIGHT says police spokesman.
UPDATE: 20:20hrs CET Local media 'FOCUS' magazine, and a second local publication 'TZ' claiming one gunman has shot himself, but police still not confirming and contradictory 'press' statements from police liaison officer, say local journalists. Remaining two/three suspects still armed and at large. City in 'lockdown.'
Police Hotline number for relatives: +49 800 77 66 350
17:30 hrs CET Friday: Three Gunmen being hunted. Multiple deaths five (officially confirmed), two/three different shooting locations (one confirmed on phone footage, as being outside the doors of a McDonalds Burger unit seen using a handgun, in a two handed grip - some twenty shots heard - other phone footage from a rooftop location - thought to be same gunman, with an assault rifle slung over shoulder, more shots heard, two but 'not discounting' three 'shooters.'
Many casualties are being reported, three seriously - the situation is fluid, confused and ongoing - according to one official quoted by Reuters, a major 'shooting rampage' at a north west Munich (150 retail outlets) Shopping Mall, next to the former Munich Olympics stadium.
The German special forces (SWAT teams) police have arrived, and are rapidly evacuating shoppers from the Mall. Police ( and UK Foreign Office) advising public living/ staying nearby, keep indoors and well away from windows.
The situation is unclear (ie ongoing). The Munich Underground train system, buses and trams are also closed down) has been closed down, as new unconfirmed reports that a gunman fled the shopping centre, entered an Underground train station nearby and according to local reports, then travelled by train to Munich Centrum where a further shooting (UNCONFIRMED) may have taken place. No one so far has claimed responsibility, although official sources in Germany, are now defining this as ' terrorist attack.' /continuing...
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