Shooting instructor kills one in France over noisy party
A shooting instructor in southern France enraged at his neighbours for staging a noisy party went on a rampage early Saturday, killing one person and wounding three others, police said.
The 49-year-old instructor at a shooting range went to his downstairs neighbours in the town of Sete, asking them to turn down the music at the birthday party they were hosting.
When they declined, he warned: "I am going to go home and I'll be back to kill you," according to local prosecutor Brice Robin.
The instructor made good on his promise at 2:00 am, bursting into the neighbours' apartment and opening fire on party goers, according to police.
When some of them fled the flat, he chased and shot them in the hallway and outside, police said.
One of the wounded managed to call the police before collapsing.
In all, the man wounded three men and a woman, said Robin.
Later Saturday, he announced that one of the victims, a 42-year-old man, had died of his wounds in hospital.
The woman was reported to be in a critical condition.
A child who was sleeping in the apartment at the time escaped injury altogether as did a couple who managed to hide under a table during the rampage.
The gunman, described by neighbours as a loner, returned to his flat following the shooting, where he surrendered to police without resisting.
The man told police that he was on medication "because he hasn't been able to sleep" since his working hours changed 18 months ago, forcing him to get up at 4:00 am.
© 2012 AFP