War Veteran Kills 13 Relatives During Shooting Rampage
A war veteran from Serbia who family members say must have “snapped,” recently went on a horrific killing spree that claimed the lives of 13 relatives, including that of his own mother and son.
via Chicago Tribune
A veteran of the 1990s Balkan wars shot dead 13 people, including his mother, son and a two-year-old child in a dawn rampage through a small village in central Serbia on Tuesday, authorities said.
The man, identified by police as Ljubisa Bogdanovic, 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,” police chief Milorad Veljovic told reporters at the scene in Velika Ivanca, about 40 km (25 miles) southwest of Belgrade.
He said the victims were relatives and neighbors of the man: six men, six women and a child in five houses.
“We’ve never had such a tragedy in Serbia and we have to find out what drove this man to kill so many people as they slept,” said Veljovic. The government called a cabinet session.
The motive for the killings, carried out with a semi-automatic 9-mm pistol shortly after 5 a.m. (0300 GMT), was not known.
War can take an irreversible toll on a person’s mindset. It can never be stressed how important it is for soldiers to get the appropriate help to deal with the aftermath of participating a war when they return from home.