Final update: The live-blog of the Munich attack is over for tonight. If anything significant comes in, I’ll make a new post.
For the record: We still know nothing about the attackers. All the “allahu akhbar”s are rumors at this point. For all we know, this incident could have been copycat neo-Nazis celebrating the fifth anniversary of the deadly attacks by their hero, Anders Behring Breivik.
According to the brand-new wiki on the incident:
Following the shootings, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) claimed responsibility and supporters of the Islamic State celebrated on social media. However, a witness was cited who reportedly heard one of the attackers say “scheiß Ausländer“ (“f***ing foreigners”).
I’m keeping an open mind.
Update 4:07pm EDT: Bild is now reporting seven dead.
Update 3:42pm EDT: On NTV, a reporter talking about a possible right-wing extremist plot, because today is the fifth anniversary of the terror attack in Norway by Anders Behring Breivik.
But the reporter is now saying it is unlikely.
Update 3:32pm: At the press conference, the police just confirmed six dead.
From our contact in Munich:
A foolish journalist asked him how the hell he can say it is a terror warning. The police spokesman was so baffled by the question he opened his mouth, but no sound came out.
He was finally pretty facetious in his answer.
Update 3:24pm EDT: According to to NTV, one perp killed himself while being arrested. Police are now making a statement: Three perps on the loose. Five people are dead. No definite number of injured: “many”.
From our contact in Munich:
The Social Democrats are having a party at this moment and are tweeting party photos, can you believe it?
My friend on the train is still lost somewhere. Her own family is still stranded too, and the mobile net crashed; we cannot reach anyone.
Bettina Röhl now says six dead [on Facebook].
Update 3:11pm EDT: NTV reports three people with “long weapons” are on the loose.
Here in the USA that would mean AR-15s or something similar. Not sure what it means in a German context.
Update 2:52 EDT: NTV is now reporting what appear to be arrests.
Update 2:43pm EDT: From a contact in Munich:
I live right in the center of Munich, by the river Isar. My ears are ringing because I have police and firefighters nearby; there is an incredible buzz and noise.
My friend’s parents are barricaded in a restaurant near the shopping mall.
Police contacted all citizens and said not to go on the streets. I’ve closed the door
If you see a second video that shows a shooter on a roof, I believe that is fake, someone wanting their 15 minutes of fame.
Update 2:37pm EDT: The police changed their minds; they now believe it’s a terror attack.
NTV is now reporting that it currently does not look like a terror attack.
Update 2:14pm EDT: The Munich police are asking the public NOT to post anything related to police actions.
Update: There are apparently three shooters, according to the Munich police. The main train station has been evacuated.
There is an ongoing active shooter incident in Munich, with multiple fatalities. This is breaking news, and information is still sketchy. The reported death toll varies from one to fifteen people.
From The Telegraph:
Germany’s Muencher Abendzeitung reported that up to 15 people were killed in the incident at the Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping centre, while police told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper that there were multiple deaths.
NTV reports police have asked people to stay away from public places. The Interior Ministry confirms 3 dead, according to NTV. Shots began before 6pm at McDonald’s restaurant.
The entire city subway has been shut down.
A link from FOCUS on a police intervention at Stachus Platz in Munich. That’s a different location from the shopping mall Olympus.
Shooting in Munich
Shooting at the Olympia shopping mall. According to various reports, there was one dead and multiple injured. The shooting continued at Stachus (Karlsplatz).
The subway traffic to the Olympia shopping mall has been suspended. A special commando unit (SEK) has been positioned on location, the location has shifted from the in the shopping mall on the northern outskirts to the Stachus and therefore right into the center of Munich.
Meanwhile there is a video from the shooting in Munich on the internet. A man shoots at people in front of a McDonald’s restaurant.
RTL reports at 19:42 that there was a false alarm in relation to the shooting at Stachus.
The police ask people not to put videos online that show police in action, as that would help the offenders.
The Bavarian Ministry of the Interior confirmed the number of three dead. The police suspect two there are offenders, who are both on the run.
I have no doubt that these tragic acts were carried out by a lone wolf with a history of mental illness who was marginalized by German society and suddenly radicalized. This sort of thing only happens because of the endemic lingering racism of German society.