May 5, 2023 - World

Serbia reels from second mass shooting in 2 days

A masked policeman secures an area in the village of Dubona near the town of Mladenovac, about 60 kilometres (37 miles) south of Serbia's capital Belgrade, on May 05

A masked police officer secures an area in the village of Dubona near the town of Mladenovac, south of Serbia's capital Belgrade, on Friday. Photo: Andrej Isakovic/AFP via Getty Images

A drive-by shooting in Serbia late Thursday left at least eight people dead and 10 others wounded, state media report.

The big picture: The attack near the town of Mladenovac, south of the Serbian capital, Belgrade, was the second mass shooting in two days in a country that the BBC notes has 39.1 firearms per 100 people due to the Balkan wars of the 1990s, but where mass shootings are rare.

  • The last mass shooting before this week occurred in 2013 when a veteran of the Balkan wars fatally shot 13 people in central Serbia.

Zoom in: Police issued a warrant for the arrest of the 21-year-old man suspected of carrying out what Serbian Interior Minister Bratislav Gašić described as "a terrorist act," Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) reported on Friday morning.

  • Authorities said the gunman shot at people randomly from a car using an automatic weapon in the village of Dubona.
  • The suspect was arrested near the city of Kragujevac on Friday morning, according to RTS.
  • Over 600 members of Serbian Special Forces had searched for the suspect for several hours as police "cordoned off" a building where they believed he was hiding, per CNN.

On Wednesday, a teenage boy opened fire at Vladislav Ribnikar elementary school in Belgrade, where he's a student, and killed eight children and a security guard.

  • Police believe the seventh-grader used his father's gun, according to the Serbian Interior Ministry.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with additional details throughout.

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