But their deployment to Munich, the scene of July 22’s shooting by a lone gunman, failed because the GSG9 team had flown away on the only available helicopters to deal with a hostage crisis north of Munich, according to information obtained by German magazine Spiegel.
The magazine said that federal police had complained about having not enough air transport after two police helicopters collided and crashed in 2013. They were never replaced.
Police found no link between Munich shooter David Ali Sonboly, who killed nine people at a shopping mall, and terrorists. The young man had been a patient of a mental health clinic and was fascinated by mass shootings.