Serbia: Second Mass Shooting Within 2 Days Resulted in 8 Deaths And 13 Injured

Mass Shooting in Serbia: A shooter opened fire on people in Mladenovac, around 50 kilometres from Serbia's capital, Belgrade, late Thursday, killing eight and injuring thirteen.
Mass Shooting in Serbia
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Mass Shooting in Serbia: A drive-by shooting outside Belgrade late Thursday killed at least eight people and injured 13, according to state-run media, a day after nine people were killed at an elementary school in the Serbian capital.

An attacker equipped with an automatic rifle opened fire from a moving car near Mladenovac on Thursday i.e. May 04 before fleeing, according to state-run RTS television. The attacker was being sought by police.

According to an AFP photographer on the scene, a large security presence was deployed, and helicopters buzzed over the area.

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On Wednesday, a 13-year-old kid took his father's firearms and opened fire in Vladislav Ribnikar elementary school, killing eight students and a guard. The shooting shook the country and sparked calls for stricter gun regulation.

Seven persons were injured, including six children and a teacher, and were taken to the hospital.

According to physicians, one youngster is still in critical condition owing to spinal injuries, while one girl who was shot in the head is in serious condition.

The shooter, identified as Kosta Kecmanovic, was captured by police and did not explain his conduct, according to authorities.

According to Belgrade's Pink TV, the injured were sent to multiple local hospitals.

A helicopter, drones, and various police patrols were scouring the rolling hills around Dubona and nearby villages for the suspect, investigating abandoned houses and forested areas.

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Shooting was described as a terrorist act

There were no more details available at the time, and police had not published any statements.

Dozens of Serbian students, many dressed in black and carrying flowers, paid silent tribute to classmates slain a day earlier on Thursday.

The road leading to the villages of Malo Orasje and Dubona had been closed by police.

Concerned relatives gathered outside the emergency medical centre in Belgrade, where at least eight injured persons were being treated, according to N1 television.

Danica Grujicic, Minister of Health, paid a brief visit to the centre.

The shooting was described as a "terrorist act" by Interior Minister Bratislav Gasic, according to RTS.

In Serbia, mass school shootings are extremely rare, and President Aleksandar Vucic described Wednesday's tragedy as "one of the most difficult days" in recent history.

The Interior Ministry has urged all gun owners to keep their firearms kept in safes, threatening any who do not comply with having their weapons taken.  

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