Shooter Kills 13 of His Neighbors in a Quiet Serbian VillageS

A 60-year-old gunman engaged in a shooting rampage in his Serbian village early this morning, killing 13 people before killing himself. His son, his wife, and a two-year-old child were among those murdered by the man, identified as Ljubisa Bogdanovic. This is the first mass murder in Serbia in six years; in the last, a man killed nine people in a village in eastern Serbia.

The Serbian Police cannot report any motive for Bogdanovic as of yet. He had lost his job last year, and was a veteran of the Balkan Wars of the 1990s. Police report that he was known as a friendly, peaceful man, with no known history of mental illness or a criminal record. He had a license for the handgun he used in the shootings.

Police report that Bogdanovic murdered his son first, before going house to house between 5 a.m and 5:30 a.m local time in the quiet village of Velika Ivanca. Many people in the town are said to leave their doors unlocked.

[The New York Times, image via AP; a woman points to Ljubisa Bogdanovic with her left thumb]