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Police: Suspects fire on Roma family with machine gun

UNKNOWN suspects allegedly fired 22 shots from a machine gun into the courtyard of a Roma family home in Horná Kráľová near Šaľa while shouting “dirty Gypsies come out” on July 31. Nobody was hurt during the attack. Police officials said they are not considering it a hate crime, but rather a case of causing damage to private property, according to the daily Sme.

UNKNOWN suspects allegedly fired 22 shots from a machine gun into the courtyard of a Roma family home in Horná Kráľová near Šaľa while shouting “dirty Gypsies come out” on July 31. Nobody was hurt during the attack. Police officials said they are not considering it a hate crime, but rather a case of causing damage to private property, according to the daily Sme.

According to witnesses, at approximately 3 a.m. two cars stopped in front of the house with angry men who firstly poured inflammable liquid at the gates and then started firing at the house and car of the 35-year old resident. Some reports are linking the incident to an earlier fight at a local pub over a broken glass, according to TV Markíza.

There are two generations of people living in the house who were hiding under the beds during the attack, Sme reported.

The suspects damaged a car, the gate and windows of the house; and the crime scene technician detained 22 cartridges from type-58 machine gun, Božena Bruchterová, the Police Department in Nitra spokesperson told the SITA newswire. Police are still investigating a motive. The suspects allegedly left the scene before police arrived and were not masked, according to Sme.

(Source: Sme, TV Markíza, SITA)
Compiled by Roman Cuprik from press reports
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