Nine people have been killed and many more injured in a shooting at a shopping centre in the German city of Munich.1shotA number of “youths” were among the dead and children have also been shot, police said. At least three of the 16 injured in the attack are in a “life-threatening” condition.

Police initially feared three gunmen might have been involved but now believe there was only one attacker, using a pistol.

It is understood the attacker, wearing a red backpack, shot himself in the head, taking his own life. His body was found on a side street near the mall, about two-and-a-half hours after the assault.

The gunman has since been identified as an 18-year-old German-Iranian, who had been living in Munich for about two years. Police say it is unclear whether the attack was motivated by terrorism or was a “shooting rampage” by a disgruntled individual.