Man murders ex-girlfriend, her family and new boyfriend in Alpine ski resort shootings, Austrian police say

25-year-old hands himself in to police and confesses to five killings, local media reports

Samuel Osborne@SamuelOsborne93
Monday 07 October 2019 11:17
Man murders ex-girlfriend, her family and new boyfriend in Alpine ski resort shootings

A man allegedly shot dead his ex-girlfriend, her family and her new boyfriend in an Alpine ski resort, Austrian police have said.

The 25-year-old handed himself in to police and confessed to the five slayings in the town of Kitzbuehel, Austrian news agency APA reported.

The suspect had broken up with his girlfriend two months ago, Austria’s Kurier newspaper said.

He had reportedly bumped into her and her new boyfriend while out late on Saturday night or early Sunday morning and they had got into an argument.

At around 4am on Sunday he showed up at his ex-girlfriend’s home, where her father opened the door and the suspect’s ex-girlfriend joined him and exchanged words with the suspect before he left.

The suspect then went home, retrieved his brother’s pistol and returned, police said.

He is alleged to have shot the father as he opened the door, then shot his ex-girlfriend’s 25-year-old brother in his bedroom.

Police say that after killing her mother, he was briefly impeded when he found the door to his ex-girlfriend’s separate apartment, which was attached to the single-family home, locked.

But he went outside and climbed over a balcony into his ex-girlfriend’s room and killed the 19-year-old and her 24-year-old boyfriend, according to police.

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The town of Kitzbuehel sits east of Innsbruck and is known for hosting a famous downhill ski race.

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