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People at the central station in Munich, Germany, 22 July 2016. After a shootout at the Olympia shopping centre during Friday evening, the police reports several injuries and possible deaths. The situation is still unclear.
Photograph: EPA/ANDREAS GEBERT

At least nine people have been killed in a shooting spree that started at a McDonald's in a shopping centre in Munich.

- The gunman suspected of carrying out the shooting died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound; the body was found about 1 kilometre away from the shopping centre.

- The shooter was an 18-year-old German-Iranian man whose motive is still "fully unclear," police say.

- The gunman acted alone; two men initially suspected as accomplices after leaving the scene in a car were interviewed and cleared, police said.

- A red rucksack found on the body was being examined for explosives.

- Munich authorities activated the country's GSG 9 counter-terrorism unit.

- The German government called a crisis meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, but Chancellor Angela Merkel was not yet in attendance.

- Germany's national security council, headed by Merkel, will meet in Berlin on Saturday.

- Police initially spoke of an "acute state of terror."

- The shooting started at 5:52 pm (1552 GMT).

- The shooting prompted the evacuation of the main train station and touched off a widespread state of panic across the city.

- Authorities suspended public transportation, but later said services had resumed.

- German President Joachim Gauck condemned the "murderous attack in Munich."

- The White House has condemned what it called "the apparent terrorist attack that has claimed innocent lives in Munich."

- Around 100 witnesses to the attack are being supervised by crisis intervention teams.

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