Recent Mass Public Shootings in Serbia (two in two days), Germany, and Portugal

May 3, 2023 | Mass Public Shootings

Eight were murdered and 14 injured in an attack at a village in Serbia, at least nine people were murdered and seven others injured in an attack at a school in Serbia, six people were murdered at a church in Germany, and three others were murdered at a pigeon race in Portugal. Note with only 6.9 million people living in Serbia, the US has a population that is over 48 times greater, but the US has had a total of 10 mass public school shootings since 2000. Those two shootings in Serbia would be as if the United States had 96 on a per capita rate.

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A man has been arrested after eight died and 14 were injured in Serbia’s second mass shooting in a week.

The attack occurred shortly after midnight near a village some 60km (37 miles) south of Belgrade when the shooter opened fire from a moving car. . . .

Mattea Bubalo and Laura Gozzi, “Suspect arrested after second mass shooting in Serbia,” BBC News, May 6, 2023.

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A seventh-grade student armed with pistols and Molotov cocktails ​shot and killed eight children and a security guard on Wednesday in an attack against his school in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, . . .

The shooting took place around 8:40 a.m. at Vladislav Ribnikar primary school, in Vracar, an upscale neighborhood, Chief Veselin Milic of the Belgrade police, said at a news conference. The student fatally shot seven girls and one boy using two handguns, which he took from his father. He also carried four self-made Molotov cocktails, Chief Milic said.

Six children and a teacher were also injured in the attack. One of the children, a 13-year-old, was described as having “life-threatening injuries,” officials said. . . .

Cora Engelbrecht, “7th Grader Opens Fire at School in Serbia, Killing 8 Children,” New York Times, May 3, 2023.

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A man fatally shot three people before turning his gun on himself, Portuguese police said Sunday, in what local media described as a dispute among rival pigeon racers.…

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The four dead individuals were participating in a pigeon race, Portuguese media reported from the scene, and their disagreement also centered on an illegal vegetable garden. . . .

Associated Press, “Man kills 3, self, in dispute among Portuguese pigeon racers,” ABC News, April 30, 2023.

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A number of people have been killed in a shooting at a church in Hamburg, Germany, police say.

The shooting took place on Deelböge street in the Gross Borstel district. Local media identified the location as a Jehovah’s Witness centre.

Police say a gunman is believed to be dead. It is unclear if the attacker is among six or seven fatalities reported by German media.

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As yet, “there is no reliable information on the motive”, police say.

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A police spokesman said investigators had “indications that a perpetrator may have been in the building and may be even among the dead”. “We have no indications of a perpetrator on the run,” he said.

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“The officers themselves also heard a shot coming from the upper floors of the building,” the spokesman added. “They went upstairs and also found a body there.” . . .

Jenny Hill & Jaroslav Lukiv, “Hamburg shooting: Seven killed in attack on Jehovah’s Witness hall,” BBC News, March 10, 2023.

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