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Munich officials: Gunman was obsessed with mass killings but had no ties to ISIS

Munich officials: Gunman was obsessed with mass killings but had no ties to ISIS

The Washington Post

Munich authorities said Saturday that the gunman who went on a rampage at a shopping center Friday, leaving nine people dead, had no ties to the Islamic State or other extremist groups. Instead, police believe he was obsessed with mass killings and may have been mentally ill.

The southern German city’s police chief said investigators had found a trove of electronic data and written materials at the suspect’s home suggesting that he had extensively researched shooting sprees before he went on one of his own Friday afternoon. The items recovered included a book by a U.S. academic on school shootings titled “Rampage in the Head: Why Students Kill.”

The attack was described Saturday by German Chancellor Angela Merkel as "a night of horror," who said that the killer had targeted people who were simply going about their lives, out for an early-evening meal or some Friday night shopping.

"We're grieving with a heavy heart for those who will never return to their families," Merkel said in a brief statement from Berlin following a meeting of her security cabinet. "We're suffering with them."

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