Serb suspect in shooting rampage dies

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 11, 2013 at 11:41 am •  Published: April 11, 2013
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BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The Serbian veteran suspected of killing 13 people in a shooting rampage and then turning the gun on himself and his wife died Thursday, hospital officials said.

Ljubisa Bogdanovic, 60, died from head wounds, Belgrade Emergency Hospital said. His wife Javorka Bogdanovic, 60, was recovering from surgery and her condition is serious but stable.

Bogdanovic went on a pre-dawn, house-to-house rampage Tuesday in a village near Belgrade, including killing his mother, his son and a 2-year-old cousin, police say.

Milovan Kostadinovic, a neighbor who said he and his family survived only because a police patrol showed up in the village after a call by Bogdanovic's wife, said "he should have suffered more for what he did to us."

"I've heard that he died," Kostadinovic said. "It's better that way. I feel better now that I know he passed away."

Authorities are searching for motives in the worst peacetime shooting rampage in Serbia. Bogdanovic had no criminal record or history of mental illness. He fought in the Balkan wars in the 1990s and lost his job a year ago at a wood processing factory.

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