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Gunman kills 3 in S Korea, later found dead

(Agencies) Updated: 2015-02-25 16:28

Gunman kills 3 in S Korea, later found dead

South Korean police officers investigate a vehicle near the scene of an incident in Sejong, south of Seoul, South Korea Feb 25, 2015. [Photo/IC]

SEOUL - A gunman shot and killed three people Wednesday in and around a South Korean convenience store that he then set on fire before fleeing, police said. He was later found dead with a gunshot wound to his head in an apparent suicide.

A shotgun was found on the 50-year-old gunman's body about 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the store, located in Sejong City, Lee Ja-ha, head of the Sejong Police Agency, said in a televised briefing. Another shotgun was found in his vehicle, which was parked about 100 meters (yards) away from the body, he said.

The other dead were a father, 74, and son, 50, linked to the family that owned the store, and another man, 52, who'd been living with the elder man's daughter, Lee said.

Sejong City is 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of Seoul, the capital, and is home to some of South Korea's government agencies and ministries.

The daughter told police that she had lived with the gunman before breaking up about a year and a half ago. She had recently quarreled with him over financial matters, including the man's claim that he had a financial stake in the store, Lee said.

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