Exclusive Report: Munich Shooter Identified as Right-Wing Extremist

The 18-year-old German-Iranian man who shot dead nine people and killed himself near a Munich shopping center last week was a right-wing extremist, according to security sources cited in a report by the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The shooter, identified as Ali David S., considered himself an “Aryan” and was proud to have the same birthday as Adolf Hitler, the sources said, citing information obtained from people close to the 18-year-old. He also looked down on people of Turkish and Arab heritage. Investigators are examining whether the shooter targeted people based on their national and ethnic background. All nine people killed in the attack last Friday had immigrant backgrounds. The victims included three youths and a 45-year-old woman with Turkish roots as well as a boy and two girls who were ethnic Albanians from Kosovo. The shooter apparently wasn’t involved in right-wing extremists groups. Bavaria’s state police wouldn’t confirm or deny the information in the newspaper report when asked by the news agency Agence-France Presse. According to a report by the news website Spiegel Online, a 17-year-old friend of the shooter said he “had a huge hate for most foreigners” because he was picked on at school. The shooter forbade his friends from calling him Ali because he didn’t want to be seen as a Muslim, the 17-year-old said. The shooting in Munich occurred on the fifth anniversary of the massacre in Norway that left 77 people dead and was carried out by right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik. The shooter reportedly idolized Mr. Breivik. Picture: Memorial outside of Olympia shopping center, Source: DPA