The Munich attacker, Ali David Sonboly, who killed nine persons in a shooting rampage in a Munich shopping centre, yesterday before ending himself had a craze for mass shootings, German police revealed.
Ali David lured his victims by pretending to be a teenage girl called “Selina Akim”. He gathered them at the McDonald’s, after hacking into a Facebook account. He asked them to be there at 4 p.m., saying: “I will give you something if you want, but not too expensive.”
The 18-year-old Iranian had possible links with the right-wing fanatic Anders Behring Breivik, the BBC reported, quoting police sources. The attacker has been living in Munich for more than two years.
Police said he began shooting at his unsuspecting victims, once they assembled at the shopping mall, leaving nice dead and about 16 seriously injured.
The German-Iranian teenager, has been obsessed with mass shootings, said the police, adding who do not rule out chances of him having an “obvious link” to Norwegian right-wing fanatic Anders Behring Breivik. Breivik, a staunch right winger has conducted a rampage by killing 77 persons in Norway on 22 July 2011, killing eight with a bomb in the capital Oslo before shooting dead 69 at a summer camp for young centre-left political activists on the island of Utoeya.
Now 37, he is held in solitary confinement in Norway after being sentenced to 21 years in jail in 2012. He recently won an appeal against the tough punishment. Breivik harbored radical right-wing views and said his attack was aimed at stopping Muslim immigration to Europe.
According to the Telegraph, a search of Sonboly’s room had unearthed a document and newspaper clippings about “frenzied attacks” and a book called: “Rampage in Head: Why Students Kill”.
Officials said the investigation revealed no links to the Islamic State, but suggested the attack might have been motivated by Islamist extremism.
Classmates of Sonboly told The Guardian that he had been bullied at school, while neighbours described him as shy and lazy. “At school Ali was often bullied by others and really unpopular,” one of his classmate said. “He was a bit chubby, and he was either by himself or together with one or two people, but he seemed to have hardly any friends.”
Stephan Baumanns, owner of the Treemans bakery and coffee shop below Sonboly’s apartment, told The Guardian: “I saw him every once in a while pass by, he was a very shy guy and tall, about 6ft 2in (1.88m). He wasn’t very sporty, rather a little chubby.”
“He seemed like a lazy guy. He had a job distributing a free newspaper, Munchener Wochenblatt, but I often saw him rather than deliver them, throw them all away into the garbage bin,” Baumanns added. The teenager had been raised in Munich and was still in full-time education. Police officials said that Sonboly had likely been in psychiatric care and there were indicators he had been treated for depression.
“We are assuming that he may have suffered from depression,” Spokesperson for the Munich Prosecutor, Thomas Steinkraus-Koch said. “As far as we know he has no criminal record. In 2012 and 2010 he was a victim of an attack – on one occasion he was beaten by three young offenders,” he added, BBC reported.
At least 2,300 police from across Germany and neighboring Austria were scrambled in response to the attack, which happened less than a week after a 17-year-old Afghan asylum-seeker wounded five people in an axe-and-knife rampage that started on a regional train near the Bavarian city of Wuerzburg.
The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for the train attack, but police officials have said that Sonboly likely acted alone. He was carrying a 9mm Glock handgun, and a red rucksack containing 300 rounds of ammunition, police officials said.
The gunman’s body was found in a side street close to the shopping centre at around 9.30 p.m. (local time). The police believed the teenager had committed suicide, although a post-mortem examination was needed to see if he died as a result of gunfire with the police.