Slovak gunman kills six members of Roma family in shooting spree

A gunman shot dead six members of a Roma family and another woman in the Slovak capital, Bratislava, today before killing himself, officials said.

Fourteen others were wounded in a subsequent gunbattle with police, including one officer who was shot in the head.

The motive of the gunman, who was a Slovak aged about 50, and his identity were still being investigated, the local police chief Jaroslav Spisiak said.

“He was alone. He fired at everything that moved during his escape bid, the policemen surrounded him … they made it impossible for him to escape,” Spisiak told reporters near the apartment block where the shooting happened.

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