News from Germany: Reuters: Munich gunman planned attacks for one year: Bavarian state crime office

17:03 Jul. 24, 2016

Reuters: Munich gunman planned attacks for one year: Bavarian state crime office

Police officers stand in front of a mall where a shooting took place leaving nine people dead the day before on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany (AP Photo)

At least nine people became victims of the gunman, who was born and raised in Munich

The 18-year-old German-Iranian gunman who killed nine people in Munich on Friday began planning the attack one year ago after visiting the site of a 2009 school shooting in southwest Germany that killed 15 people, a Bavarian state official said on Sunday, July 24, Reuters reports

Robert Heimberger, president of the Bavarian state crime office, said material founded at his home showed the gunman was an avid player of violent video crimes who purchased his weapon - a reactivated Glock 17 pistol - on the so-called dark net, an area of the Internet accessible only via special software.

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Heimberger said the parents of the gunman remained in shock and were not able to be interviewed. An official of the state prosecutor's office said the shooting victims did not include any classmates of the gunman. 

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