Munich shooter bought gun online: Here’s how the dark net works

Identified as David Ali S., the 18-year-old gunman behind the shooting spree at a Munich shopping center on Friday, July 22, killed nine people and wounded an estimated 35 others.

“He had been preparing for a year,” Bavarian police chief Robert Heimberger told a press conference Sunday. The teen with German and Iranian passports is thought to have been mentally instable, but also took a strong interest in past shooting sprees.

He had visited the southwest German town of Winnenden to take photographs of the site of a 2009 school shooting which claimed the lives of 15 victims. Police also reported that David Ali S. regularly played first-person shooter games including “Counter Strike.”

The weapon used in the shooting spree was a Glock 17, which police said David Ali S. had obtained illegally on the internet’s “dark net” market.

In the video above, DW explains what the dark net

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