WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — President Barack Obama and both leading presidential candidates expressed grief and anger after a shooting killed nine people in a Munich mall on Friday.
President Obama said the United States was prepared to support German authorities following the shooting attack.
“Our hearts go out to those who may have been injured,” President Barack Obama said. “Germany is one of our closest allies so we’re going to pledge all the support they need under the circumstances.”
Obama added that the attack is a reminder that “our way of life, our freedoms, our ability to go about our business every day, raising our kids, and seeing them grow up… depends on law enforcement.”
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton called the situation “horrific,” adding “We stand with our friends in Germany as they work to bring those responsible to justice.”
Republican nominee Donald Trump issued a tweet mourning the attack.
At least 10 people were also wounded in the shooting rampage, which authorities called an act of terrorism. A body found near the scene was that of the shooter and he appeared to have acted alone, officials said.
Witnesses had reported seeing three men with firearms near the Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall, but police said on Twitter that “as part of our manhunt we found a person who had killed himself – the person is likely to have been the attacker who, according to the current state of the investigation, acted alone.”
Munich police Chief Hubertus Andrae said the suspect was 18-year-old German-Iranian from Munich. The suspect had not been identified late Friday New York time.
The police chief said the victims wounded in the Munich attack included youths and children.
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