Gunman kills 10, including 2 children, in street rampage before being shot dead by passerby in Montenegro: “Unprecedented tragedy”

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A man rioted on the streets of a town in western Montenegro on Friday, killing 10 people, including two children, before being shot and killed by a passerby, officials said. The country’s prime minister called the attack an “unprecedented tragedy.”

Montenegro’s state television RTCG previously reported that the gunman had killed 11 people and was shot dead by police.

Montenegrin police chief Zoran Brdjanin said in a video statement shared with the media that the attacker was a 34-year-old man whom he identified only by his initials, VB.

Montenegro shooting
Firefighters stand by a body at the scene of the attack in Cetinje, about 30 km west of Podgorica, Montenegro, Friday, August 12, 2022, after a mass shooting.

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Brdjanin said the man used a shotgun to first shoot and kill two children, ages 8 and 11, and their mother, who lived as tenants at the attacker’s home in the Medovina neighborhood of Cetinje.

The gunman then walked out onto the street and randomly shot 13 more people, seven of them fatally, the chief said.

“At this point, it is unclear what prompted VB to commit this horrific act,” Brdjanin said.

Andrijana Nastic, the prosecutor coordinating the investigation into the crime scene, told reporters that the gunman was killed by a passer-by and that a police officer was among the injured. She said nine of the dead died on the spot and two died in a hospital where they were operated on.

Cetinje, the seat of the former royal government of Montenegro, is 35 kilometers west of Podogrica, the current capital of the small Balkan country.

Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic wrote on his Telegram channel that the incident was “an unprecedented tragedy” and urged the nation to be “in their thoughts with the families of the innocent victims, their relatives, friends and all the people of Cetinje. “

President Milo Djukanovic said on Twitter that he was “deeply moved by the news of the terrible tragedy” in Cetinje and called for “solidarity” with the families who lost loved ones in the incident.

Montenegro is famous for its picturesque beaches, framed by nearby mountains that have long been a draw for tourists.

The site of the country’s former royal capital, Cetinje sits in a mountainous valley that has largely stagnated economically in recent decades.

Residents were in shock after the shooting.

“I can’t believe this happened in Cetinje and Montenegro. I don’t know what to say, I’m speechless. I don’t know where this could lead us,” Cetinje resident Milorad Mitrovic told RTCG.

The incident comes as the country is in the throes of the highly anticipated peak tourist season after two years of the coronavirus pandemic.

With an unemployment rate of about 18 percent and an average monthly salary of less than 520 euros ($614), Montenegro counts on tourism and the appeal of some 300 km of azure coastline to boost its income.

Holiday destinations such as Budva and Kotor attract a large crowd, the latter is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Organized crime and corruption are still two major problems facing the country, and the authorities have promised to tackle them under pressure from the EU.

However, mass shootings are rare in the Adriatic nation.

AFP contributed to this report.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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