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At Least 8 Dead in 'Suspected Terrorism' Shooting in Germany

This article has been updated on the 23rd July 2017, 06:45am EDT

During a press conference this morning officials in Munich confirmed the sad truth of last night's attack: nine people were killed and 16 wounded, three of them critically, at a shopping mall by a lone gunman who later shot himself dead. His body was found about half a mile from the mall.

The 18-year old culprit had lived in Munich for more than two years, said the police. However, no motive for the German-Iranian man's actions has yet been established. Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae told reporters that the killer had not been known to police and he had no known links to any militant groups.

This morning people could be seen laying flowers and lighting candles outside the Olympia shopping mall.

At least eight people are dead at a shooting at a shopping center in Munich, Germany, and the suspect is still at large.

Police warned people to avoid public places and described the rampage as “suspected terrorism,” the AP reported.

"At the moment no culprit has been arrested," police in the Bavarian capital said on social media. "The search is taking place at high speed."

The city shut down its transit system and sent a mass text message warning residents to stay inside.

“Right now, we don’t know where the perpetrator or perpetrators are,” the Munich police said. “Please be careful and avoid public areas.”

Witnesses saw three people with firearms near the Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall.

A German news agency, dpa, reported that the shooting started at a fast food restaurant around 6 p.m. local time.