• Three killed in rare shooting in S. Korea

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    UNUSUAL SCENE A policeman walks outside the scene of a fatal shooting and arson attack at a convenience store in Sejong on Wednesday. AFP PHOTO

    UNUSUAL SCENE
    A policeman walks outside the scene of a fatal shooting and arson attack at a convenience store in Sejong on Wednesday. AFP PHOTO

    SEOUL: A gunman in South Korea shot dead three people in a convenience store which he then torched on Wednesday in an apparent revenge attack on the family of his former lover, media reports said.

    The suspect’s body was later discovered on the bank of a nearby river in an apparent suicide, Yonhap news agency said.

    Gun crime is very rare in South Korea and the incident in the southern city of Sejong, 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of Seoul, received blanket coverage on TV news stations.

    The 50-year-old suspect opened fire with a shotgun in the store, which was run by his former live-in partner.

    Her current boyfriend, father and brother were all shot and pronounced dead at hospital, Yonhap said.

    The woman was still missing, sparking concerns that she might have been taken by the suspect before he took his own life.

    South Korea’s tough gun control laws effectively outlaw ownership of firearms by most civilians.

    Rare exceptions are allowed for hunters but they must store their rifles at local police stations.

    AFP

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