Gunman kills 14 in Swiss parliament horror
The attacker, with a score to settle, also wounded 10 others when he opened fire with the automatic before killing himself
ZUG (Switzerland) - A man armed with an automatic rifle burst into a regional parliament in central Switzerland yesterday and opened fire, killing 14 people, before committing suicide, officials and police said.
The attacker, said to have a grievance with the local authorities, wore a policeman's uniform when he burst into the parliament's chamber at about 10.30 am in Zug, near Lucerne, local medial reports said.
Police in Zug said three members of the local government were among the victims and 10 others were wounded in the rampage during which the man emptied five magazines from the automatic rifle before turning the weapon on himself.
Swiss News Agency ATS reported that 'there was blood everywhere', with casualties lying on the floor and small fires in the assembly hall.
Police found a letter that referred to a 'day of reckoning for the Zug mafia'.
The attacker, a Swiss national from the Zurich region, was also armed with a pistol. More weapons were found in his car, which was parked in front of the building.
Police sealed off the centre of Zug, a wealthy, lakeside town near Zurich, best-known within Switzerland for its low tax rate.
Mr Viktor Schaech, who runs a kiosk near the parliament building, said he was chatting to a friend when he heard the sound of shooting.
'It was complete chaos,' he said. 'It was absolutely awful. I'm still in shock.'
Although gun ownership is widespread in Switzerland, violent crime is rare and there are only minimal controls at public buildings. Politicians rarely have police protection.
From the Straits Times Singapore