Investigators say Munich shooter planned attack for a year

Heavily armed police forces walk through the underground station Karlsplatz (Stachus) after a shooting in the Olympia shopping centre was reported in Munich, southern Germany, Friday, July 22, 2016. (Andreas Gebert/dpa via AP)

MUNICH (AP) — Investigators looking into Friday’s mass shooting in Munich say the gunman spent more than a year preparing his attack.

Bavarian investigator Robert Heimberger said the 18-year-old shooter, identified only as David S., visited the site of a previous school shooting in the German town of Winnenden and took photographs.

He said the shooter, who likely got his illegal weapon through the internet’s “dark net” market, was an avid player of first-person shooter video games, including “Counter-Strike: Source.”

There’s also word that the gunman received psychiatric treatment last year. The spokesman for Munich prosecutors’ office says the teen received inpatient treatment in 2015 for two months and after that received outpatient care, for depression and “fears of contact with others.”

The shooter took his own life following the attack.

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