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Police on a hunt for an Albanian with a criminal record suspected for the night club assault

23 November 2014 / 19:11:23  GRReporter
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Attica’s security services are on the trail of the perpetrator who fired his Kalashnikov early on Saturday in the Etsi Apla night club in Mikrolimano. According to the latest information, the shooting’s fallout is 15 injured, 3 of whom seriously. All are young people aged 20-39.

9 of the injured, whose lives are out of danger, are being treated in different hospitals. 4 were admitted to the Attikon hospital, among them a young woman with a head wound. 2 of the injured underwent chest surgery at the Erithros hospital. Another 2 were hospitalized at Evangelismos and Thriasio. A young woman was admitted to the KAT hospital. Six of the injured were released for home treatment after receiving first aid.

14 Kalashnikov shell casings were found at the scene of the shooting. The police have a video showing the perpetrator sitting in the nightclub; witnesses said he had been in the company of two other people.

Witnesses also reported that the shooter had made threats against club employees, saying, "Everyone here will die tonight." Then he began firing at random and the club crowd went into a frenzy. When he stopped shooting, the perpetrator got into a taxi and fled, witnesses say.

The shooter is an Albanian citizen, 35 years old, perpetrator of 3 more armed assaults: two on cafes in Agios Panteleimonas and one in Mihalopoulou Street. Zougla.gr posted a mug shot of the suspect.

The first attack was carried out on 31 October 2014, at a coffee bar at the intersection of Chiou and Kritis streets. The perpetrators fired from a car at the bar with a Kalashnikov. A 44-year-old customer was fatally wounded, as well as a 21-year-old Albanian woman who served at the bar.

The second assault took place on the evening of 6 November at 106 Aristotle St., when two men fired 12 bullets into a café without hitting anyone. The perpetrators, who were riding in a car with stolen plates, stopped in front of the café, fired their Kalashnikov, and then fled.

There is information suggesting that the 35-year-old man was a member of an Albanian gang, involved in drug trafficking and pimping, but this is hitherto unconfirmed.

The motivation behind the assault is not yet clear. Law enforcers are investigating two versions: the shooter was a racketeer who wanted to force the club owners into paying for protection, or was under the influence of drugs.

Yannis Moralis: Events like this one shock and dispirit us

"Events like this one shock and dispirit us. I wish those injured a quick recuperation, and hope the police arrest the perpetrator ASAP so that justice is done," said Yiannis Moralis, the Mayor of Piraeus, after having spoken with the Ministry of Health Secretary Vassilis Kondozamanis as well as with the management of the Attikon and Evangelismos hospitals.

 

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