Celebrities react to tragic Munich shootings

After a reported nine people were shot dead and 16 injured at a shopping centre in Munich, public figures and celebrities from Nicola Sturgeon to Lily Allen have spoken out to condemn the attack and offer their condolences to the victims.  

The shooting took place in Munich on Friday, when an 18-year-old gunman open fired before killing himself. Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae has said they have yet to find out the motive behind the crime. In a news conference, he said: "The motive or explanation for this crime is completely unclear."

Many people having been posting '#PrayforMunich' messages following the attack

Public figures and celebrities have taken to Twitter to express their shock at the shooting, and political figures from Barack Obama to Boris Johnson have lent their support to Germany.

Barack said the US would give: "all the support that they may need in dealing with these circumstances," while Boris said he was "shocked and appalled" by the tragedy.

Lily Allen posted several tweets expressing her opinion about the attack, writing: "It's so fascinating watching these press conferences. The press begging for police to confirm more dead, almost willing higher death toll," while Paula Abdul wrote: "The attack in #Munich is deplorable. I'm heartbroken for the victims & their families. This hateful disregard for human life is sickening."

Mia Farrow wrote: "Thoughts with #Munich at this awful time," while Octavia Spencer tweeted: "I think all major news outlets need to devote at least 10 mins reporting GOOD NEWS EVERYDAY. Need balance. Praying for #Munich."

Frozen actor Josh Gad wrote: "#Munich we are with you. The world is ugly right now. Scary, sad and ugly. #SpreadLoveNotHate."

Former Blue band member Lee Ryan also commented on the tragedy, writing: "Germany has always been good to me and it breaks my heart seeing all this hate once again... it's stupid and pointless!! I love you #Munich," while Nicola Sturgeon wrote: "Horrific reports from #Munich. Thinking of everyone there and also the emergency services at the scene."

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