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Montenegro mass shooting claims 11 lives, state prosecutor says

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Relatives of victims wait in front of a city hospital after a mass shooting, in Cetinje, Montenegro August 12, 2022. (Photo: REUTERS/Stevo Vasiljevic)

CETINJE, Montenegro (Reuters)

Eleven people, including two children and a gunman, were killed in a mass shooting in Montenegro on Friday (August 12), and six others were injured, a state prosecutor told Vijesti TV after an initial investigation of the crime scene.

Montenegro Police director Zoran Brdjanin said that around 3:30 pm local time (1330 GMT) a 34-year old man with a hunting rifle shot dead two siblings, one eight-years-old and another 11, and injured their mother who died later in the afternoon in a medical facility.

“The family was staying at the house of the shooter as tenants,” Brdjanin said. He said the motive for the shooting was not yet known, and he did not give the name of the shooter but said his initials were “V.B.”.

The shooter then walked out of his house and killed another seven people. In a shootout with the police, a policeman was injured, Brdjanin said.

“When we arrived at the scene we saw nine dead bodies, including two children, and another two passed away on their way to the hospital,” Andrijana Nastic, a state prosecutor, told Vijesti TV.

State prosecutor Andrijana Nastic talks to the forensic team at the house where a gunman started a mass shooting in Cetinje, Montenegro August 12, 2022. (Photo: REUTERS/Stevo Vasiljevic)

“I can only say that the shooter was killed by a citizen (civilian),” Nastic said. Earlier, media reported that police had killed the shooter.

Montenegro’s Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic said a three-day mourning period would be declared in the country starting Friday evening.

“I was deeply disturbed with reports about terrible tragedy in Cetinje. I express my deepest condolences to those families affected and all those who lost their loved ones,” President Milo Djukanovic tweeted.

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