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Spurned lover kills 5 in Moscow shooting

07 November 2012, 14:26

Moscow - A Russian man reportedly suffering from unrequited love for his colleague went on a shooting spree in his Moscow office, killing five and wounding another two, police said on Wednesday.

He opened fire at the offices of the drugs company in northeast Moscow on Wednesday, killing five colleagues and wounding another two, the Investigative Committee said. The company's security guards had detained him, the statement added.

"On the morning of 7 November 2012, the suspect came into the office of the pharmaceutical company he works for and fired numerous shots from Saiga and Benelli shotguns that he owns," the statement said.

"As a result, three men and two young women sitting at their desks died on the spot.

Love was among victims

"One more man and another young woman were wounded, they are receiving medical help," it said.

The state RIA Novosti news agency, citing a source in the city's law enforcement agencies, said the attacker was suffering from unrequited love and that the woman he had been pursuing was among the victims.

"He told investigators that he had fallen in love with a girl who was a pharmacist, but his feelings were not reciprocated," the source was quoted as saying. "Because of that he drank for five days and today he came in and opened fire."

Access to firearms is restricted in Russia and shooting sprees are rare.


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