While undergoing psychiatric treatment in 2015, the future Munich shooter “repeatedly” asked his fellow patients to refer to him as the “spree killer,” according to the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. On Saturday, Germany marked the one year anniversary of the massacre with the unveiling of a monument to the nine victims in Bavaria’s capital.
New information is still coming to light about the teenager responsible for the July 2016 shooting. Although his family came from Iran, the shooter himself was born and raised in Munich. He considered himself Aryan, claiming that the Aryan race had originated in Iran, and declared to his friends that he was proud to share his birthday, April 20, with Adolf Hitler.
German authorities say that Ali S., as he was known before changing his name to David, signaled his sympathy for the Nazis during his treatment for depression, stress, and social anxiety in one of Munich’s clinics. He was 17 at the time.