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Gunman kills 11 and injures six in horror shooting rampage in Montenegro after a family dispute

A mass shooting in Montenegro’s central town of Cetinje on Friday killed at least 11 people in the deadliest violent incident in the Adriatic nation in years.

“Eleven people were killed and six were injured, including a member of the police,” Montenegro’s public broadcaster RTCG said, adding that the gunman was included in the toll.

A police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, also confirmed the figure to AFP.

The incident took place in Cetinje, about 36 kilometers west of the capital Podgorica, after the gunman was involved in a family dispute, RTCG said.

The gunman was later killed after firing at police officers, the broadcaster added, with an unspecified number of children said to be among the dead.

The incident marks the deadliest shooting in the Adriatic nation in decades.

In the wake of the shooting, Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic called on the country to provide support to the families of the victims, saying the incident was unprecedented in Montenegro’s recent history.

“I invite all citizens of Montenegro to join the families of the innocent victims,” ​​the prime minister wrote in a Telegram message.

Security measures were taken after male shooter, 34, went on a shooting spree

Security measures were taken after male shooter, 34, went on a shooting spree

The footage shows both officials and the public at the edge of the crime scene that was cordoned off after the mass shooting

The footage shows both officials and the public at the edge of the crime scene that was cordoned off after the mass shooting

The footage shows both officials and the public at the edge of the crime scene that was cordoned off after the mass shooting

A police forensics team inspects the house where the gunman started a mass shooting that led to his death

A police forensics team inspects the house where the gunman started a mass shooting that led to his death

A police forensics team inspects the house where the gunman started a mass shooting that led to his death

A police investigator can be seen with evidence taken from the crime scene

A police investigator can be seen with evidence taken from the crime scene

A police investigator can be seen with evidence taken from the crime scene

Crowds have gathered in small village after deadliest shooting in decades

Crowds have gathered in small village after deadliest shooting in decades

Crowds have gathered in small village after deadliest shooting in decades

Relatives of the victims comfort each other at the crime scene where the gunman opened fire

Relatives of the victims comfort each other at the crime scene where the gunman opened fire

Relatives of the victims comfort each other at the crime scene where the gunman opened fire

Grieving and distraught relatives gather in front of a city hospital where multiple victims have been killed

Grieving and distraught relatives gather in front of a city hospital where multiple victims have been killed

Grieving and distraught relatives gather in front of a city hospital where multiple victims have been killed

A medical worker comforts a family member of a victim of the shooting that injured many

A medical worker comforts a family member of a victim of the shooting that injured many

A medical worker comforts a family member of a victim of the shooting that injured many

RTCG, citing witnesses, said the attacker fired randomly at people, including children.

Four of the injured were taken to hospital in Cetinje, while two others were sent to the clinical center in Podgorica with serious injuries.

Police shot the gunman after he shot at police officers and the scene of the attack was subsequently cordoned off by police.

Montenegro is famous for its picturesque beaches, framed by nearby mountains that have long been a draw for tourists.

The site of the country’s former royal capital, Cetinje sits in a mountainous valley that has largely stagnated economically in recent decades.

Residents were in shock after the shooting.

“I can’t believe this happened in Cetinje and Montenegro. I don’t know what to say, I’m speechless. I don’t know where this could lead us,” Milorad Mitrovic, resident of Cetinje, told RTCG.

The incident comes as the country is in the throes of the highly anticipated peak tourist season after two years of the coronavirus pandemic.

Police have still not released an official statement about the attack.

A man can be seen reacting to the scene of the horror shooting that has already claimed at least 11 lives

A man can be seen reacting to the scene of the horror shooting that has already claimed at least 11 lives

A man can be seen reacting to the scene of the horror shooting that has already claimed at least 11 lives

A firefighter walks past a hearse at the shooting scene in the Medovina neighborhood of Cetinje

A firefighter walks past a hearse at the shooting scene in the Medovina neighborhood of Cetinje

A firefighter walks past a hearse at the shooting scene in the Medovina neighborhood of Cetinje

People stand near where the shooter randomly shot people in the street - including children

People stand near where the shooter randomly shot people in the street - including children

People stand near where the shooter randomly shot people in the street – including children

Police detectives attend the scene of the shooting that took place after the gunman had a family quarrel

Police detectives attend the scene of the shooting that took place after the gunman had a family quarrel

Police detectives attend the scene of the shooting that took place after the gunman had a family quarrel

Photographers are talking to a police officer at the shooting scene that has been closed down

Photographers are talking to a police officer at the shooting scene that has been closed down

Photographers are talking to a police officer at the shooting scene that has been closed down

Numerous officials have gathered at the scene of the shooting that killed at least 11 people

Numerous officials have gathered at the scene of the shooting that killed at least 11 people

Numerous officials have gathered at the scene of the shooting that killed at least 11 people

With an unemployment rate of about 18 percent and an average monthly salary of less than 520 euros ($614), Montenegro counts on tourism and the appeal of some 300 km of azure coastline to boost its income.

Holiday destinations such as Budva and Kotor attract large crowds, the latter is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Organized crime and corruption are still two major problems facing the country, and the authorities have promised to tackle them under pressure from the EU.

However, mass shootings are rare in the Adriatic nation.

The incident marks the deadliest shooting in the Adriatic nation in decades as strict security measures are taken

The incident marks the deadliest shooting in the Adriatic nation in decades as strict security measures are taken

The incident marks the deadliest shooting in the Adriatic nation in decades as strict security measures are taken

The shooting comes at a time when the country is in full swing with the tourist peak season

The shooting comes at a time when the country is in full swing with the tourist peak season

The shooting comes at a time when the country is in full swing with the tourist peak season

Four of the injured were taken to hospital in Cetinje, while two others were taken to the clinical center in Podgorica with serious injuries.

Four of the injured were taken to hospital in Cetinje, while two others were taken to the clinical center in Podgorica with serious injuries.

Four of the injured were taken to hospital in Cetinje, while two others were taken to the clinical center in Podgorica with serious injuries.

The footage was taken at the scene of the shooting in Cetinje, the country's former royal capital, nestled in a mountainous valley.

The footage was taken at the scene of the shooting in Cetinje, the country's former royal capital, nestled in a mountainous valley.

The footage was taken at the scene of the shooting in Cetinje, the country’s former royal capital, nestled in a mountainous valley.

Members of the public gathered after mass shooting, deadliest in years

Members of the public gathered after mass shooting, deadliest in years

Members of the public gathered after mass shooting, deadliest in years

It is not known how many children were killed in the attack, but the gunman fired randomly at people in the streets of the city

It is not known how many children were killed in the attack, but the gunman fired randomly at people in the streets of the city

It is not known how many children were killed in the attack, but the gunman fired randomly at people in the streets of the city

Police and firefighters can be seen on site while the investigation is ongoing

Police and firefighters can be seen on site while the investigation is ongoing

Police and firefighters can be seen on site while the investigation is ongoing

Part of the village of Medovina has been cordoned off in an attempt to contain the crime scene

Part of the village of Medovina has been cordoned off in an attempt to contain the crime scene

Part of the village of Medovina has been cordoned off in an attempt to contain the crime scene

A lot of police are present after the bodies are removed and the injured are taken to hospital

A lot of police are present after the bodies are removed and the injured are taken to hospital

A lot of police are present after the bodies are removed and the injured are taken to hospital

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