Munich massacre: 'Boom, boom, boom. He's killing the children'

Terrified shoppers and relatives describe horror of attack in Munich shopping centre

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Armed police move past onlooking media responding to the shooting | Photo: APTV/AP/Press Association Images

People caught up in the deadly attack on a Munich shopping centre have described hiding in shops, hotels, police stations and railway stations.

Nine people were killed and many more injured in the shooting, with at least three said to be in a "life-threatening" condition.

A number of "youths" were among the dead and children have also been shot, police said. 

The gunman has since been identified as 18-year-old David Ali Sonboly, who was born and raised in Germany by Iranian parents.

Ali Sonboly began shooting at a McDonald's restaurant in Hanauer Street near to the city's Olympic Park, before moving to the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum mall.

He was not known to police and officers are currently searching his apartment for clues.

Journalist Maximilian Bielefeld told Sky News he was in a restaurant with his girlfriend when "suddenly everyone started to run".

"Armed police were passing by and it was total chaos. We jumped out of a window," he said.

"First of all we were hiding under a police car and some policemen came by and told us to come with them and brought us to a police station nearby.

"We heard something again and we were told to move. Now we are hiding in the central station, which is totally empty."

A man whose 23-year-old daughter was caught up in the attack told the Guardian: “[She] was part of a group that locked themselves inside H&M to protect themselves.

"I spoke to her over the phone and she was crying, but then her battery ran out."

'They can't run'

A woman named Loretta said she was in the McDonald's restaurant, near to the mall, when the pistol-wielding suspect came out of a bathroom.

She told CNN: "I come out of the toilet and I hear like an alarm, boom, boom, boom.

"He's killing the children. The children were sitting to eat. They can't run."

Witness Luan Zequiri said he was near the McDonald's when the shooting began.

He told German broadcaster n-tv that he heard the attacker yell an anti-foreigner insult and "there was a really loud scream".

Mr Zequiri said he saw only one attacker, who was wearing jack boots and a backpack.

"I looked in his direction and he shot two people on the stairs," he said.

He said he hid in a shop, then ran outside when the coast was clear and saw bodies of the dead and wounded on the ground.

The Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall was being evacuated by police, but some employees and customers were still inside hours after the reports of the shooting began to emerge.

"Many shots were fired. I can't say how many but it's been a lot," one employee said from inside the mall.

"All the people from outside came streaming into the store and I only saw one person on the ground who was so severely injured that he definitely didn't survive.

"We have no further information, we're just staying in the back in the storage rooms. No police have approached us yet."