The Munich prosecutor’s office officially charged the man who supposedly sold a firearm via the dark web to the 18-year-old Munich gunman who later went out on a shooting spree that he had planned and modeled after other similar mass murders.
The gunman is said to have driven up to take pictures at Winneden School, where an incident had transpired in 2009 after a shooter killed 15 people at the secondary school.
The 18-year-old who was undergoing treatment for social phobia is said to have been referencing Anders Breivik, another mass murderer, as is evident from his computer’s search history.
The 32-year-old German, Philipp K, is accused by the prosecution of five cases of negligent bodily harm, nine cases of negligent homicide, as well as weapons law violations. The case proceedings are yet to be cleared, and the trial dates are yet to be fixed.
During the massacre in Munich on July 22nd, David Ali Sonboly, the 18-year-old shooter, killed nine civilians including himself in the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum.
The shooter is said to have fired approximately 60 rounds of ammunition, noting that the investigators recovered 57 cartridges on the scene from the Glock that he had purchased on the dark web from Philipp.
The supposed firearm vendor was captured in Marburg, Germany in August last year. He as has since been under investigation, and according to his statement, he sold numerous weapons such as semi-automatic shotguns to clients.
The investigation into the shooting in Munich is almost complete as the prosecutor’s office, in conjunction with the Bavarian State Criminal Police Office, is expected to present the final report later during the week.
Philipp was arrested by the law enforcement authorities as a result of an undercover investigation. The investigators identified the defendant’s vendor shop on the web.
They later posed as a potential client at the marketplace, where they procured a Glock 17 from the suspect for $9,021. The police arrested the 32-year-old shortly after the transaction was completed.
After the incident in the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum, the authorities began a massive search for the supposed firearm vendor.
However, after arresting the vendor in August, investigations were still underway; after a new trial had begun in January, the investigation was handed down to the Bavarian State Capital from the Prosecutor’s Office of Frankfurt.
Not long after his capture, the weapons merchant cooperated fully with the police.
He provided his computer’s login information and decryption keys for various services to the law enforcement entities.
Authorities would not unveil data as to which captures were connected to the vendor—or if there were any at all following his data release.
He gloated preceding his arrest about selling to a 62-year-old bookkeeper and a 17-year-old understudy; investigators investigated both purchases, however no outcomes were made open.
Initially, the arrest warrant had been issued due to the violation of arms laws. However, further investigation into the secured correspondence from the weapons vendor showed indications of negligence.
George Ungefuk from the prosecutor’s office stated that no evidence was uncovered that the arms dealer knew what the gunman had planned.
On July 27th after the Münich shooting episode, the head of Germany’s Federal Police, Holger Muench, declared that the authorities identified the illicit activities on the dark web and that they had begun to place significant concentration into investigating such cases.
Muench further stated that the BKA saw the dark web as a growing marketplace and that they needed to prioritize their investigations into dark web communities.
The German dark web has since become a combat zone between cyber-criminals and law enforcement. Before the Münich shooting, only a few dark web-related incidences were reported per month in Germany.
After the authorities declared war on the dark web, however, hundreds of cyber-criminals have been arrested and are awaiting their trials. With the cooperation of Philipp K, the police have managed to arrest several weapons vendors and clients in the country.
The German police did not only focus on the dark web arms dealers, but also were targeting to eradicate all criminal activities relating to the dark web.
The war against the cyber-criminals has resulted in the detention of counterfeit money, narcotics, and fraud vendors as well as the arrest of customers who were involved in purchasing the illegal items and substances.
The cyber-criminals are currently awaiting trial for crimes they allegedly committed.