The White House has condemned the deadly shooting at a shopping mall in Munich, Germany, calling it an “apparent terrorist attack.”
On Friday, an 18-year-old man with no criminal record went on a shooting spree at the Munich Olympia Shopping Center, killing nine people. Twenty others were also injured in the shooting.
The motive behind the shooting is not clear yet. German authorities said they had no immediate evidence of a radical motive. The attacker, identified by German police as a dual national from Munich, was later found dead of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The United States “condemns in the strongest terms the apparent terrorist attack that has claimed innocent lives in Munich, Germany,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement issued on Friday.
“We still do not know all of the facts, but we do know that this heinous act has killed and injured multiple individuals in the heart of one of Europe’s most vibrant cities,” he added.
US National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said White House homeland security and counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco briefed President Barack Obama on the attack in Munich.
Obama said Washington will “pledge all the support” Germany may need following the shooting.
Earnest offered his thoughts and prayers to the victims of the attack and reassured America’s commitment to assist Germany.
“In the midst of this tragedy, the United States will work closely with our German partners to whom we will make available any resources that would assist their investigation, as the president pledged,” he said.
He added that the United States and Germany are determined to fight terrorism.