CETINJE, Montenegro (AP) — A man went on a shooting spree in the streets of this western Montenegro town on Friday, killing 10 people, including two children, before being shot dead by a bystander, local authorities said. responsible.
Montenegrin police chief Zoran Brdjanin said in a video statement shared with media that the attacker was a 34-year-old man whom he identified only by his initials, VB
Brdjanin said the man used a shotgun to first kill two children aged 8 and 11 and their mother, who lived as tenants in the attacker’s house in the Medovina neighborhood of Cetinje.
The gunman then entered the street and randomly shot another 13 people, including seven fatally, the chief said.
“At the moment it is not clear what prompted VB to commit this atrocious act,” said Brdjanin.
Andrijana Nastic, the prosecutor coordinating the crime scene investigation, told reporters the gunman was killed by a bystander and a police officer was among the injured. She said nine of those killed died at the scene and two died at a hospital where they were taken for surgery.
Cetinje, seat of the former royal government of Montenegro, lies 36 kilometers (22 miles) west of Podogrica, the current capital of the tiny Balkan nation.
Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic wrote on his Telegram channel that the incident was “an unprecedented tragedy” and urged the nation “to be in our thoughts with the families of the innocent victims, their loved ones, their friends and all inhabitants of Cetinje”.
President Milo Djukanovic said on Twitter that he was “deeply moved by the news of the terrible tragedy” in Cetinje, calling for “solidarity” with the families who lost loved ones in the incident.