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Munich Gunman May Have Used Facebook To Lure Victims

| by Kathryn Schroeder
McDonald's in Munich, GermanyMcDonald's in Munich, Germany

The Munich, Germany, gunman may have lured people to McDonald’s with a Facebook post promising free food before he opened fire at the fast food restaurant.

During a press conference, a reporter suggested that a game posted on Facebook offering free food at the McDonald’s location where the shooting took place may have been an attempt to get people to gather at the restaurant before the attack, the Evening Standard reports.

"On Facebook there is a type game whereby at 4 o'clock in the afternoon you should be meeting in McDonald's because something...," the reporter said. "...I believe this is a fake game where people are asked to congregate at McDonald's because McDonald's might be offering free meals."

Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae said the Facebook-posted game is being investigated.

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“As to whether this may be connected with the crime we have to investigate that,” Andrae said.

“At the moment it’s simply impossible to say that. It is one part of the rather comprehensive investigation that we are conducting with the federal police forces,” he added.

At least nine people were killed when an 18-year-old German-Iranian man opened fire in the McDonald’s, before moving outside to the mall, Reuters reports.

Authorities later discovered the gunman dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

There are at least 16 people, including children, receiving treatment at a hospital. Three are in critical condition.

Authorities believe the teen staged the attack alone, and U.S. intelligence officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said initial reports do not show a link between the gunman and Islamic State or other militant groups.

Sources: Evening Standard, Reuters / Photo Credit: Imago/Barcroft Media via Daily Mirror

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