5 Killed in Swiss Shooting

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A gunman killed three relatives and a neighbor in a late-night rampage

in a northern Swiss village before turning his weapon on himself,

local police said on Sunday.

Residents heard shots in the town of Wuerenlingen shortly after 11

p.m. (2100 GMT) Saturday, police said. Officers then found five bodies

in a quietresidential neighborhood.

The shooting appears to have been a "relationship crime" or the result

of domestic dispute, Aargau canton (state) police chief Michael

Leupold said at a news conference.

Police "were able to rule out a terrorist background" or any other

danger, he added.

The presumed killer, a 36-year-old Swiss national who was separated

from his wife and the couple's three children, shot dead his

father-in-law, mother-in-law and brother-in-law, policetold a news


The gunman is then believed to havekilled a 46-year-old neighbor

outside the house before shooting himself.

Police said the gunman, whom they did not identify, lived in another

part of Switzerland and was known to police for violent behavior. The

murder weapon was unregistered, they said.

Described as police officer

Local media reports described him as a policeman and father of three.

However, the gunman's wife and three children weren't targeted in the

shooting. Wuerenlingen is a town of some 4,500 people northwest of

Zurich, near the German border.

The latest shooting, which follows similar incidents in January and

November, sent shock waves through the tiny Alpine nation.

"This is not possible, we are after all the richest and happiest

country in the world," the German-language Swiss newspaper Blick

wrote, according to the French news agency AFP.

In a report published late last month, Switzerland was found to have

the world's happiest people, sparking a wave of national pride and

media fervor with front-page headlines.

However, according to unconfirmed estimates, there are up to 4.5

million firearms incirculation in the country.

It is one of the world's top countriesin terms of the circulation of

firearms, after theUnited States, Yemen and Serbia.

Material for this report came from Reuters, AP and AFP.

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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