Munich shooting witness thought 'this is it' as he comforted dying boy

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Munich Survivor: I'll Never Forget Victim's Last Words

Witnesses to a shooting spree in Munich, Germany, that killed nine people recalled harrowing scenes of terror and panic Saturday as a memorial grew outside the shopping center where the attack took place the day before.

Huseyin Bayri, 29, who was at the Olympia Einkaufszentrum when an 18-year-old gunman opened fire Friday evening, told reporters that he held a teenager who was shot and comforted him as the victim succumbed to his wounds. All the while, Bayri was thinking he would be next as the shooter came closer.

"I saw the boy beside me — I didn't know him but I took him straight to my heart — had fallen down," Bayri said. The boy was shot three times, he said.

"I tried to keep his wounds shut while the attacker was still shooting. The shots were getting closer. And I thought to myself: 'This is it. Now you're next, Huseyin,'" Bayri said.

Related: 'No Indications' Munich Shooting Rampage Linked to Terror Groups, Police Say

Bayri said he tried to comfort the boy, asking him his name, where he lived, and whether he had a girlfriend.

"'Your injuries aren't that bad, brother,' I said to him. 'The ambulance is already on its way. Don't worry, everything will work out.' Then he died in my arms," Bayri said.

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

Bayri 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 scrren grab taken from video footage shows special forces police officers walking along a street outside the Olympia shopping mall following a shooting rampage in Munich, Germany July 22, 2016. REUTERS/Reuters TV
A screen grab taken from video footage shows police officers near the Olympia shopping mall following a shooting rampage in Munich, Germany July 22, 2016. REUTERS/Reuters TV
A police officer stands guard at the main train station following a shooting rampage at the Olympia shopping mall in Munich, Germany July 22, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
Special force police officers stand guard at an entrance of the main train station, following a shooting rampage at the Olympia shopping mall in Munich, Germany July 22, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 22: Police officers escort people from inside the shopping center as they respond to a shooting at the Olympia Einkaufzentrum (OEZ) at July 22, 2016 in Munich, Germany. According to reports, several people have been killed and an unknown number injured in a shooting at a shopping centre in the north-western Moosach district in Munich. Police are hunting the attacker or attackers who are thought to be still at large. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 22: An armed police officer points his gun in front of a mall were a shooting took place in Munich, Germany on July 22, 2016. Several people have been killed on Friday after an unknown number of assailants opened fire in a shopping mall in the southern German city of Munich. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Police sign blocks the entrance to Odeon square following shootings at a shopping mall earlier on July 22, 2016 in Munich. Six people were killed and several gravely injured on Friday in a shooting rampage at a Munich shopping centre, with the attackers still believed to be at large. / AFP / dpa / Sven Hoppe / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read SVEN HOPPE/AFP/Getty Images)
Police in Munich, Germany respond to a shooting at a shopping center in Munich, Friday July 22, 2016. Munich police confirm shots have been fired at Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping center but say they don't have any details about casualties. Police are responding in large numbers. (AP Photo/APTV)
In this frame grab taken from video, people run from the Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping centre after a shooting, in Munich, Germany, Friday, July 22, 2016. Munich police confirm shots have been fired at Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping center but say they don't have any details about casualties.(Thamina Stoll/UGC via AP)
Armed policemen arrive at a shopping centre in which a shooting was reported in Munich, southern Germany, Friday, July 22, 2016. Situation after a shooting in the Olympia shopping centre in Munich is unclear. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)
Policemen arrive at a shopping centre in which a shooting was reported in Munich, southern Germany, Friday, July 22, 2016. Situation after a shooting in the Olympia shopping centre in Munich is unclear. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)
Policemen arrive at a shopping centre in which a shooting was reported in Munich, southern Germany, Friday, July 22, 2016. Situation after a shooting in the Olympia shopping centre in Munich is unclear. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)
Armed police move past onlooking media responding to a shooting at a shopping center in Munich, Germany, Friday July 22, 2016. Munich police confirm shots have been fired at Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping center but say they don't have any details about casualties. Police are responding in large numbers. (AP Photo/APTV)
Emergency services respond to a shooting at a shopping center in Munich, Germany, Friday July 22, 2016. Munich police confirm shots have been fired at Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping center but say they don't have any details about casualties. Police are responding in large numbers. (Associated Press Television via AP)
Police cars and fire trucks stand near a shopping centre in which a shooting was reported in Munich, southern Germany, Friday, July 22, 2016. Situation after a shooting in the Olympia shopping centre in Munich is unclear. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)
Police secures the area inside a shopping center in Munich on July 22, 2016 following a shooting. At least one person has been killed and 10 wounded in a shooting at a shopping centre in Munich on Friday, German police said. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Police secures the entrance to a subway station near a shopping mall where a shooting took place on July 22, 2016 in Munich. Several people were killed on Friday in a shooting rampage by a lone gunman in a Munich shopping centre, media reports said / AFP / dpa / Lukas Schulze / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read LUKAS SCHULZE/AFP/Getty Images)
Police and firefighters are seen near a shopping mall amid a shooting on July 22, 2016 in Munich. Several people were killed on Friday in a shooting rampage by a lone gunman in a Munich shopping centre, media reports said / AFP / dpa / Matthias Balk / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read MATTHIAS BALK/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officer search a residential area near the Olympia shopping centre after a shooting was reported there in Munich, southern Germany, Friday, July 22, 2016. Several people have been reported to be killed. (AP Photo/Marc Kleine-Kleffmann)
Heavily armed police forces walk through the underground station Karlsplatz (Stachus) after a shooting in the Olympia shopping centre was reported in Munich, southern Germany, Friday, July 22, 2016. (Andreas Gebert/dpa via AP)
Special force police officers stand in front of a car near the Olympia shopping mall, following a shooting rampage at the mall in Munich, Germany July 23, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
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People are evacuated from the area around the shopping mall Olympia Einkaufzentrum OEZ in Munich on July 22, 2016 after gunmen went on a shooting rampage in the busy shopping centre, killing eight people in a suspected terror attack. The southern city was in lockdown after the shootings, which saw panicked shoppers fleeing the Olympia mall as armed anti-terror police roamed the streets in search of the assailants. / AFP / STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
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The gunman fatally shot himself in the head after police made contact with him, authorities said.

The rampage paralyzed Munich, and authorities shut down all mass transit and some highways as police conducted a manhunt for what was initially to believed to be multiple gunmen. Police later said the shooter acted alone.

Searches revealed that the 18-year-old shooter, who was described as a German-Iranian born and raised in the Bavarian capital, had "looked intensively" at the subject of "shooting rampages," Police Chief Hubertus Andrae told reporters Saturday.

"There is no indication that there is a link to ISIS," Andrae said.

Germany's top security official Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said other information showed the shooter, whom he identified only as David, had researched a 2009 school shooting in Germany, and the bomb and gun attacks in Norway by Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people exactly five years ago Friday.

Andrae said seven of the victims were teenagers; a 20-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman were also killed. All were residents of Munich, he said. One of the those killed was a Greek citizen, that country's foreign ministry said Saturday.

Twenty-seven people were hospitalized, including four with gunshot wounds, Andrae said.

"I saw a bloodbath, with the bodies lying on the ground," said another witness, Dardan Hassan. He said he spoke to the mother of a wounded victim, and told her the young man would make it, "but he was saying to me 'I don't want to die but I am dying.'"

Another man's son told him not to come into the mall. "My son was there and when he told me he was fine, I didn't believe it and came immediately because I live here. Then I saw the terrible things that had happened. Bodies on the ground ... unbelievable," said Bayri Hidayet. He said he saw eight bodies on the ground, and all of the victims appeared to be "young people."

Franco Augustini, who lives near the mall, said his daughter hid in the shopping center during the attack.

"Next to our flat was a woman who was full of blood," Augustini said. "My wife had a bottle of water. Then we helped to wash her. It was horrible and made me speechless."

Munich's mayor, Dieter Reiter, declared a day of mourning Saturday for the victims of "this terrible act."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called a special meeting of her government's security Cabinet, meeting Saturday with de Maziere, other ministers and the head of the country's security agencies.

After the meeting, she pledged that Germany would "do everything possible to protect the security and freedom of all people," saying that in the wake of an attack earlier in the week near Wuerzburg and the deadly attack in Nice, she understood Germans are wondering "where is safe?"

"Such an evening and such a night is difficult to bear," she said of the Munich attack. "And it's even more difficult to bear because we have had so much terrible news in so few days."

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