Serbia Gunman Kills 5, Together with Spouse, in Zitiste Cafe Assault
Five people were killed and at least 20 injured when a man walked into a coffee shop in northern Serbia in the early hours of Saturday morning and sprayed customers with automatic rifle fire, security officials said.
The suspect was arrested after the attack, which took place at 1:40 a.m. local time (7:40 p.m. Friday ET) in the village of Zitiste near the town of Zrenjanin about 50 miles north of Belgrade.
The Serbian Interior Ministry said in a statement that a man who was only identified as ZS in his late 30s first killed his wife and another woman, “after which he continued to shoot other citizens who were in the cafe”.
There was no motive for the shooting allegedly investigated.
The Serbian news agency B92 quoted Interior Minister Nebojša Stefanović as saying that the man did not have a license to use the weapon and that the attack was probably motivated by “jealousy” without going into detail.
A local resident who has not been identified told The Associated Press that the suspect was “a calm and quiet man”.
“They were divorced, he probably couldn’t stand it, they had a son together,” said the resident.