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Munich gunman 'planned shooting attack for up to a year'

A gunman who killed nine people during a shooting in Munich, Germany, had planned the attack for a year, the Bavaria state crime office has said.

  • David Sonboly, 18, had spent two months as a psychiatric inpatient in 2015 and then received ongoing outpatient care
  • German authorities said he purchased a Glock 17 handgun used in the attack on the so-called "dark web"
  • Police have said there are "no indications" the attack was terror-related and the teenager was "obsessed" with mass shootings
  • Seven of the nine killed were teenagers, 27 others were injured - 10 of whom are in a critical condition, including a 13-year-old boy
  • Suspect was not known to police and had no criminal record, Munich's police chief said
  • His parents have been unable to be interviewed as they are currently in a state of shock, officials said.
  • Munich is in a state of emergency as a result of the attack
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Teen 'met Munich gunman at mall before deadly shooting'

Flowers left outside the Olympia shopping in Munich. Credit: Reuters

A teenager arrested in connection with the deadly Munich shooting may have known about the attack before it happened, officials have said.

The 16-year-old Afghan appeared to have met with the gunman at the mall where the shooting took place before the attack and knew he had a pistol, police said.

Investigators said the two teenagers met last year as in-patients at a psychiatric ward, with both being treated for online game addictions, among other things.

A spokesman for the German Interior Ministry said there could be a link between video games and the shooting and that there should be a discussion about "violent" video games.

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