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Rocky Mountain College grad living in Munich reacts to deadly shooting spree

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Chris Gartner has been living in Munich for the past 7 months (Facebook) Chris Gartner has been living in Munich for the past 7 months (Facebook)
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A Rocky Mountain College graduate living in Germany said Saturday that police presence was heavy after the shooting at a Munich shopping mall on Friday.

Chris Gartner, 23, is living abroad in Munich and working in hospitality and interning with the aviation department.

He graduated from Rocky in 2015 and has been living in Germany for the past seven months.

Gartner was not in the immediate area of danger, but says the impact of the shooting rippled through the city.

The day after the shooting at the OIympia Shopping Center killed nine people, Gartner said the peaceful city is still in shock from the attack.

"The police are everywhere, I mean today is probably the safest day in history because we see them everywhere we go,” said Gartner. “So that's nice to see and I think it brings a sense of security back into the public as well. Throughout the day I was a little anxious this morning, but this afternoon I'm feeling quite comfortable."Officials do not believe the teenage gunman who opened fire Friday was motivated by ISIS, but say he was mentally unstable.

Investigators determined that the shooter spent lengths of time researching mass shootings prior to the attack.

Residents near the Olympia Shopping Center were told to stay indoors as police searched for the gunman.

Gartner said that because the train system was suspended, he and his coworkers were stuck at work and could not return home until Saturday morning.

“They shutdown transit until 4 this morning,” said Gartner.

Gartner said he has not been to the shopping center where the attack occurred but knows it to be a very popular spot for locals and tourists.

“We we were worried because we didn’t know where some of our friends were,” said Gartner. “My friend’s girlfriend was at the mall that day but she was not hurt in the attack.”

Gartner said he was thankful for all the friends and family who checked in with him to make sure he was safe.

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