Swiss man kills 14

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A gun­man has run amok in a cen­tral Switzer­land gov­ern­ment build­ing, killing at least 14 peo­ple be­fore turn­ing the gun on him­self.

Ten peo­ple were also in­jured - eight of them crit­i­cally - in the coun­try's worst mass killing.

Friedrich Leibacher en­tered the re­gional par­lia­ment build­ing in Zug at 1030 (0930 BST) dressed in a mock po­lice uni­form and car­ry­ing an as­sault ri­fle, hand-gun and grenades.

He is be­lieved to have been em­broiled in a long-run­ning dis­pute with lo­cal of­fi­cials.

Leibacher stormed the packed coun­cil cham­ber and shouted ob­scen­i­ties be­fore fir­ing in­dis­crim­i­nately with the as­sault ri­fle.

"The man strode through the whole floor shoot­ing at peo­ple," said a jour­nal­ist who had been re­port­ing the par­lia­ment's pro­ceed­ings.

An­other wit­ness told re­porters, "I was just out­side the door of the par­lia­ment when he came in with a ri­fle, with sev­eral pis­tols and with what I think was a hand grenade.

"He started fir­ing all around for sev­eral min­utes. It was re­ally ter­ri­ble," he said.

'Day of rage'

The 57-year-old gun­man then det­o­nated an ex­plo­sive be­fore shoot­ing him­self and po­lice say he was dead when they ar­rived on the scene 10 min­utes later.

Leibacher, whose dis­pute with a bus driver and trans­port of­fi­cials had lasted two years, left be­hind a note de­scrib­ing his ac­tions as a "Day of rage for the Zug mafia".

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