This is absolutely horrendous. As new details emerge surrounding the tragic shopping mall shooting in Munich, Germany on July 22, it seems as if the main targets of the attack were children, and we are completely sickened over it. Find out what we know here.
A witness to the attack, Lauraetta Januze, revealed to CNN that her son was in a bathroom with a shooter at the McDonald’s, which is across the street from the Olympia shopping mall, where the shooting reportedly began. “That’s where he loaded his weapon,” Lauraetta said. “Boom, boom, boom, I heard, and then I saw all the injured. I was back to back with him.” How horrifying! But what the mother said next is truly devastating. “I was in the bathroom with my kid, and I only saw him shoot directly into the faces of children.”
Lauraetta described the shooter as heavyset and wearing dark clothing. She said he yelled “Allahu akbar!” “He’s killing the children,” she continued to recall. “The children were sitting to eat. They can’t run.” Taking her children, Lauraetta ran from the McDonald’s and went across the street to the mall.
At least nine people were killed in the shooting spree, police said. And while authorities continue to search for the gunman, public transportation has been shut down and people have been warned to stay home or seek protection. “The manhunt is underway at high speed,” police said, according to the news outlet.
BREAKING: Members of Germany’s elite anti-terrorism force are on their way to the scene of the deadly shooting in Munich.
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 22, 2016
Another witness, Lynn Stein, who said she works inside the mall, according to the news station, said she heard six of seven shots inside the mall. “People were very confused, and they were running and they were screaming,” she said. She said she saw someone lying on the floor of a store who appeared to be either dead or injured. “There’s a woman over them, crying.”
At this point, the shooting “looks like a terror attack,” a police representative said. Our hearts are completely breaking for the families of these victims. And this attack comes on the heels of several other attacks that also took place in Europe recently. For example, Germany suffered a horrific axe attack committed by a 17-year-old on a train near Wurtzburg earlier this week. Islamic State claimed responsibility for that brutality, as well as for the Bastille Day massacre where one man plowed his truck through a crowd of people, killing at least 85.
Our thoughts are with the victims of this tragic shooting in Munich. HollywoodLifers, please leave your condolences below.