Spain shopping centre in lockdown after man guns down ex-wife in broad daylight


A SHOPPING centre in a major Spanish city was in lockdown today after a gunman went on a shooting rampage.

By Tom Batchelor

The scene outside the shopping centre in Zaragoza

Reports said a man had shot his ex-wife before turning the gun on himself in the central Spanish city of Zaragoza.

Two people were seriously injured in the attack at the Aragonia shopping centre and were rushed to hospital.

Investigators said the suspect shot his former partner, who was with his adult daughter, in a garage nearby.

He then tried to kill himself, Spanish media said.

Initial reports said the gunman had fled the scene and that the second injured person was another victim.

Zaragoza-based newspaper Heraldo quoted police as saying a man had tried to shoot his wife and daughter as they emerged from the car park in a black Mercedes car.

He was waiting in another car – a black Land Rover – and opened fire before trying to kill himself.

The daughter is not thought to have suffered any injuries.

When officers arrived on the scene they found the injured suspect and set up a cordon.

Switzerland – The FCO has also listed the European country as having a low threat from terrorism. British nationals made 711,595 visits to Switzerland in 2014. Most visits were recorded as trouble-free.

Police said it appeared to be a case of domestic violence and that they had received no previous complaints about the suspect or requests for restraining orders from his former wife.

The incident happened outside the Espumosos bar on Avenida Juan Pablo II in the southwest of Zaragoza, close to the city’s university at around 11am (10am BST).

A bartender said he heard shots outside the bar and then saw a man with a gun in his hand lying on the ground.

He told Reuters: “We heard seven or eight shots and then I heard a car drive away fast.”

The shooting will fuel fears over the safety of European holiday destinations after a string of attacks in France and Germany this summer.



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