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Tags: serbia | gunman | kills | relatives

Gunman Kills 13 Relatives, Neighbors in Serb Village

Tuesday, 09 April 2013 04:50 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia — A gunman shot dead 13 people, including his mother and son, in an early-morning rampage through a small Serbian village southwest of the capital Belgrade on Tuesday, authorities said.

Those killed included a two-year-old child. The gunman, identified by police as Ljubisa Bogdanovic — a war veteran born in 1953 — also shot his wife before turning the gun on himself. Both were in critical condition in hospital, police said.

"Most of the victims were shot in the head as they slept," Milorad Veljovic, head of the Interior Ministry's emergencies department, told reporters at the scene in the village of Velika Ivanca, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of Belgrade.

"They were killed in five houses, mainly relatives and neighbors," he said.

Police said the motive for the killings, carried out with a semi-automatic 9-mm pistol shortly after 5 a.m., was not known.

Veljovic said the gunman had fought in a 1991-95 war in Croatia and had a firearms permit. He and his son had been made redundant last year.

In 2007, a gunman in the eastern Serbian village of Jabukovac killed nine people and wounded two.

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A gunman shot dead 13 people, including his mother and son, in an early-morning rampage through a small Serbian village southwest of the capital Belgrade on Tuesday, authorities said.
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