Police: No evidence of terror connection; gunman was obsessed with mass shootings

Policemen arrive at a shopping centre in which a shooting was reported in Munich, southern Germany, Friday, July 22, 2016. Situation after a shooting in the Olympia shopping centre in Munich is unclear. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)

MUNICH (AP) – German police say there’s no evidence of terror connections with the 18-year-old who opened fire at a crowded Munich shopping mall and fast-food restaurant, killing nine people and wounding 16 others. But they say the gunman who later killed himself was obsessed with mass shootings.

A Munich police investigator also says it appears that the shooter hacked a Facebook account and sent a message urging people to come to the mall for a free giveaway.

Police say the gunman was born and raised in Munich and was under psychiatric care for depression.

The mayor of Munich has declared a day of mourning for the victims.

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