A gunman killed two people and wounded another as he launched a deadly attack at two locations in a southern Swiss tourist hotspot on Monday, police said.
The man, who hasn’t yet been identified, opened fire on several people in the town of Sion at around 8am before going on the run, police in Valais state said.
Police have now launched a manhunt for the gunman, who is said to have fired at his victims at the Sarosa painting company in the Ronquoz area and then in the Potences area of the small town.
The gunman appears to have known his victims, police said, but they didn’t give further details or specify why he opened fire.
‘According to initial findings, the perpetrator knew his victims,’ police said.
Local prosecutors opened a murder investigation into the shooting in Sion, a town of about 35,000 people in the southwest of Switzerland.
Switzerland, a country of around 9 million, has a high rate of gun ownership.
Small Arms Survey, a Swiss-based organisation that monitors global trends in armed violence, estimates the number of firearms in civilian possession at 2.3 million.
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The man, who hasn’t yet been identified, opened fire on several people in Sion shortly before 8 a.m. for reasons that aren’t yet clear, police in Valais canton (state) said in a statement (file image of Sion, Switzerland)