Terror-Attack in Munich

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On July 22, 2016, an 18-year-old man shot several people at a fast-food restaurant near the Olympic Shopping Centre in Munich.
Amok, Terror
Munich, Germany
Involved Organisations:
Police Munich
Publishing Organisation

Deutsche Hochschule der Polizei (DHPol)




Crowdsourcing, Social Media

  • Collecting and Analysing Information from SMCS
  • Ensuring Credible Information
  • Making Information Accessible
  • Mobilising Volunteers
Disaster Management Phase

After, During

Two days before the crime, he posted on Facebook inviting other teenagers to come to the fast-food restaurant. Around the afternoon of July 22, the young man visited the restaurant and killed five children and teenagers with a pistol. After that, the perpetrator left the scene and shot at other fleeing people, four of them died. Police tried to shoot the perpetrator to no avail. He hid in an apartment building, left it in the evening and shot himself in front of the police. Initially, the investigators assumed that the rampage was non-political. However, commissioned experts concluded that the crime was right-wing terrorism, as the perpetrator had selected his victims according to racist criteria. Moreover, the day was not chosen by chance, because five years earlier the extreme right-wing attacks in Oslo and Utøya by Anders Breivik took place.
What worked well and could be recommended to others?
Good communication with media by the Munich Police's press spokesperson
What limitations were identified?
During the events, rumors are spread on social media, causing panic in the city, several people are injured. The police received 71 reports of alleged gunshots. Via the platform Periscope, users connect live from the crime scene to the Internet. This gives rise to speculation and false reports. The number of tweets on Twitter was increasing enormously.
Which social media platforms were used?