The German “balcony man” who confronted Munich gunman Ali Sonboly with just a beer bottle and some insults says things would have been different if only he’d had a gun of his own.
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“All I had was a beer bottle to throw at him. If I had a gun I would have shot him I’d have shot him in the head,” Thomas Salbey said.
Mr. Salbey was on the balcony of his fifth floor apartment when he heard the first barrage of gunfire into a crowd of teens lured to McDonald’s by the 18-year-old gunman with the promise of free food.
The gunman’s rampage then continued through the Olympic shopping center, before he emerged on the upper floor of the parking garage, where Salbey saw him.
‘I was drinking a beer after work when I heard the shots, first at McDonald’s. Bam bam bam – that’s how it sounded.
‘This was just below our house. At first I thought it was a Kalashnikov he was firing. Then I looked down from the balcony and saw him running along the glass tunnel.
‘As he reloaded his gun I got my beer bottle and threw it at him. It broke on the glass, but I don’t think he heard it.’
‘At the time I was not sure if they were real of they were blanks. I now know they were for real.
‘I hit the floor immediately, but I did see that he appeared to have gone quiet on the parking deck. By this time the police had arrived in front of the shopping centre.
‘They didn’t know where he was, so I called over to them – “He’s there, up on the car park roof”. I wasn’t afraid.’
“What I said to him at the time still holds true. He is a coward who killed innocent people because he was not right in the head. He disgusts me,” Salbey said.
This is the full transcript of the exchange between Salbey and the gunman.
Balcony man: ‘You fucking a*****e you…’
Gunman: ‘Because of you I was bullied for 7 years…’
Balcony man: ‘You w****r you. you’re a w****r’
Gunman: ‘…and now I have to buy a gun to shoot you’
Balcony man: ‘A gun! F**k off! Your head should be cut off you a*****e’
The gunman and balcony man begin shouting at each other.
Balcony man apparently to people filming: ‘He’s got a gun here the guy has one’
Unseen voice: ‘F*****g Turks!’
Balcony man: ‘F*****g foreigner’
Balcony man to someone else: ‘Ey! He’s got a gun! He has loaded his gun. Get the cops here. He’s walking around here the w****r!’
Gunman: ‘I am German.’
Balcony man: ‘You’re a w****r is what you are’
Gunman: ‘Stop filming!’
Balcony man: ‘A w****r is what you are. What the f**k are you doing?’
Shooter: ‘Yeah what, I was born here.’
Balcony man: ‘Yeah and what the f**k you think you’re doing?’
Gunman: ‘I grew up here in the Hartz 4 (unemployment benefits in Germany) area.’
Balcony man and Shooter talk at same time.
Balcony man: ‘Yeah treatment is something for you’
Gunman: ‘I haven’t done anything here for (unintelligible) … ‘Please shut your mouth’
Balcony man: ‘You c**t you’
Balcony man to people nearby: ‘Hey, he’s on the upper floor here.’
The cameraman goes into cover as the gunman starts firing. Balcony man calls him a c***t again.
Balcony man: ‘They must have been s******g into your head’
Gunman: ‘They have not. They have not, that’s the thing. They have not.’