Angela Merkel says Germany is in mourning after a 'night of horror'


German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said her country is in "deep and profound mourning" after nine people were killed by a lone gunman on a rampage in Munich.

The 18-year-old attacker, named in reports as Ali Sonboly, went on a shooting spree at a shopping centre and a McDonald's restaurant in the Bavarian capital on Friday. He murdered nine people and injured others - 10 of them in a critical condition, including a 13-year-old boy.

A man puts down flowers near the mall (Kerstin Joensson/AP)
(Kerstin Joensson/AP)

At a press conference Merkel said the events are "difficult to bear for everyone" and pledged to "find out the background" of what happened.

She added: "What lies behind the people of Munich is a night of horror - we are still shocked by the pictures and reports of the witnesses.

"Nine people who were going shopping on the Friday evening, or wanted to eat something, they are now dead - it seems according to the investigations, hit and killed by the bullets of one single perpetrator."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a statement in Berlin (Michael Sohn/AP)
(Michael Sohn/AP)

The Chancellor said the operation between the agencies and security forces on Friday night was "seamless" and thanked them for their "phenomenal" effort.

She added: "We are in deep and profound mourning for those who will never return to their families. The families, siblings, friends to whom everything will be void and empty today.

"I would like to tell them, in the name of many, many people in Germany, we share in your grief, we think of you and we are suffering with you.

"Our thoughts also go out to the numerous injured people - may they recover quickly and completely - they will receive all the support they need.

"Such an evening and such a night are difficult to bear for every one of us. They are even more difficult to bear because we have had so many different and difficult reports of horrors in the past few days."

busy press conference in munich (Jens Meyer/AP)
(Jens Meyer/AP)

Officials revealed the killer used a 9mm pistol and had 300 rounds of ammunition in his rucksack when he went on what they called a "classic shooting rampage".

Police said the weapon was a Glock 17 handgun which had its serial number illegally filed off and there were indications the gunman had been in psychiatric care and treated for depression.

They confirmed his room in the flat he was living in had been searched and that documents of "frenzied attacks" had been discovered, but found no evidence he had links to Islamic State.

Although according to reports, the killer had an "obvious" link to Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik - who five years to the day of the Munich attack, slaughtered 77 people.