Details are at last emerging about the man, 48 year-old Lubomir Harman, who shot dead seven people yesterday in Bratislava before shooting himself.
A unmarried, unemployed loner described as mentally unstable by some neighbours, he was a member of a Slovak army reservist shooting club and was the next door neighbour of the Roma family he liquidated. The family had a poor reputation in their housing block and were described as “noisy” by residents.
“He wasn’t a professional soldier or a police officer. We don’t know yet the motive but most likely the motive spread from ongoing problems in the neighbourhood. They had some conflicts. We have no evidence at all that the motive was racial,” said Interior minister Daniel Lipsic.
The police say he had been mortally wounded before turning his gun on himself. The buildings in the area all bear bullet impacts from where he had sprayed gunfire, and several of the 13 people he wounded remain in hospital. Slovakia has never seen a crime of this kind before.