TWO shootings occurred in Slovakia, one shortly after the other, in late November.
An unresolved financial dispute was reported to be the most likely reason why a 56-year-old man shot dead three of his former associates at a company headquarters in the central Slovak town of Zvolen (Banská Bystrica Region) on Thursday, November 22.
The man, a former legal representative of a company called TC Trade, and identified by police only as Ivan H., turned up at the company’s headquarters in the morning. He became embroiled in a heated verbal exchange with three company executives before pulling out a gun and opening fire on them at around 8:20.
The fatalities included a man and his son, aged 62 and 36, and another man, aged 45, the TASR newswire reported.
Ivan H. allowed police officers to arrest him at the scene without a struggle. The assailant had held the gun legally since January this year. He was an executive at TC Trade for ten years until February this year.
Two days later, on November 24, in Šaľa, a man described as 47-year-old and of Chinese descent shot a 29-year-old identified as Zdenko S. in the leg. Earlier in the day Zdenko S. had reportedly stabbed the man’s son who later died in hospital, the SITA newswire reported.
The incident took place in a house on Rímska Street in Šaľa, where the family of the 47-year-old man lives. Zdenko S. was reported to have entered the house and stabbed the young man in the neck, chest and legs.
After witnessing the attack, the victim’s mother jumped out of the window and broke her leg. The man’s father later followed Zdenko S. and shot him in the leg. He now faces prosecution for mayhem, SITA reported.
Meanwhile, the police took Zdenko S. into custody and have charged him with several crimes, including murder. The man now faces the possibility of a 15-20 year prison sentence.