(MENZNAU, Switzerland) — A shooting at the Kronospan wood processing factory in the Swiss town of Menznau on Wednesday left three people dead, including the 42-year old gunman, and another seven injured. Five of the injured are in serious condition.
The shooting occurred during the morning while factory workers were snacking in the plant’s cafeteria. The shooter, described by the chief executive of Kronospan Mauro Capozzo, was an unassuming and quiet man.
Capozzo denied rumors that job cut announcements were imminent, leaving the motivations for the massacre unclear at this point.
Gun violence and mass shootings of this sort arerare in Switzerland, despite the country boasting the third highest rate of gun ownership in the world. However, the rate of domestic homicides and suicides involving firearms is the second highest in Europe.
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