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Police searching for motive in Munich shooting; 10 dead

  • A sign reading "why" is fixed where a shooting took place in front of a fast food restaurant leaving nine people dead the day before on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (AP Photo/Sebastian Widmann)

    A sign reading "why" is fixed where a shooting took place in front of a fast food restaurant leaving nine people dead the day before on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (AP Photo/Sebastian Widmann)  (The Associated Press)

  • Candles are lit near a mall where a shooting took place leaving nine people dead the day before on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (AP Photo/Sebastian Widmann)

    Candles are lit near a mall where a shooting took place leaving nine people dead the day before on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (AP Photo/Sebastian Widmann)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police officers secure evidence from a flat in Dachauer Strasse after a shooting the day before leaving nine people dead on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)

    Police officers secure evidence from a flat in Dachauer Strasse after a shooting the day before leaving nine people dead on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Police in Munich say they are hunting for a motive that might explain why an 18-year-old German-Iranian man opened fire at a crowded shopping mall and a McDonald's, killing nine people and wounding 16 others before killing himself.

Some 2,300 police from across Germany and neighboring countries were scrambled late Friday when the Bavarian capital declared an "emergency situation" after reports of shots fired at a McDonald's near the Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall.

A Munich police spokesman, Peter Beck, said Saturday morning that security restrictions have been lifted and public transport is operating as normal.

Beck told The Associated Press that "with regard to the suspect we have to examine everything, but we don't know yet what triggered the crime." He says officers are still collecting evidence at the scene.