An Iranian-German teenager who killed nine people during a mass shooting outside a Munich shopping centre was a right-wing extremist who "hated Turks and Arabs," Germany's FAZ newspaper reported Wednesday citing investigators.
The 17-year-old was obsessed with Adolf Hitler, with whom he shared a birthday, was proud of his "Aryan" heritage and hated and felt superior to Turks and Arabs, the newspaper said in its report.
Ali David S opened fire outside a McDonald's restaurant in Munich's Olympia shopping centre late Friday, killing nine people - most of them teenagers with a non-German heritage - and injuring dozens of other people before turning his semi-automatic pistol on himself.
The report contradicts statements by Bavarian officials and police, who have claimed that there was no political motivation behind the crime and that Ali David S had chosen his victims at random.
A friend of the Munich shooter, an Afghan teen, may have known in advance of the attack in which nine people were gunned down, prosecutors said Monday.
An Iranian-German teen who gunned down nine people with a semi-automatic weapon in Munich spent a year planning the attack, and his research of previous shootings included a trip to the scene of a 2009 school massacre in Germany, police and prosecutors said Sunday.
A German-Iranian teenager acquired the semi-automatic pistol he used to kill nine people in Munich on the dark web and did extensive research on mass shootings, Bavaria's interior minister tells the B24 broadcaster.
A lone 18-year-old German-Iranian attacker who shot dead 10 people, including himself, in Munich was inspired by other mass shootings around the world with police on Saturday ruling out any link to the Islamic State extremist group.
German police believe that the lone, teenaged German-Iranian gunman who shot dead 10 people, including himself, in Munich was inspired by the massacre in Norway five years ago of 77 people by Anders Behring Breivik.