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Munich Shooting Witness Comforted Victim, Haunted by Last Words

"Please help me, please help me," the boy said to witness, Huseyin Bayri

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    People gather to read tributes among the flowers and candles near to the Olympia shopping center where a shooting took place leaving nine people dead the day before in Munich, Germany, on July 23, 2016. Police piecing together a profile of the gunman whose rampage at a Munich mall Friday left nine people dead described him Saturday as a lone, depression-plagued teenager.

    A witness to the shooting spree in Munich, Germany, recalled scenes of terror and panic Saturday as a memorial grew outside the shopping center where the rampage took place, NBC News reported. 

    Huseyin Bayri, 29, who was at the Olympia Einkaufszentrum when the 18-year-old gunman opened fire Friday evening, told reporters that he held a teen who was shot and comforted him as the victim succumbed to his wounds. Bayri said he was thinking he could be next as the shooter approached. 

    Bayri said he’s haunted by the boy’s final words: "I can't get those words out of my head: 'Please help me, please help me.'" 

    The witness said he heard the shooter yell “I will kill you all” and “I am German” before the first shots rang out. 

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    A social media video posted to Twitter by @thaminastoll shows people fleeing from a reported shooting at a mall in Munich, Germany, called Olympia Einkaufszentrum, on July 22, 2016. (Published Friday, July 22, 2016)

    The rampage paralyzed Munich, as police conducted a manhunt for what was initially believed to be multiple gunmen. Police later said the shooter acted alone. The gunman shot himself in the head when police made contact with him, according to authorities.