On Monday, February 12 in Athens, police reported that a former employee of a Greek shipping company fatally shot three people, including the company’s owner, before taking his own life.
News.com.au reported that the 70-year-old shooter allegedly broke into the company’s premises in Glyfada, where he killed two men and a woman on the first floor before barricading himself inside.
“We heard gunshots, and I hid under my desk before police officers helped us out of the building,” an employee of the company, told radio station Skai.
Additional to shooting the owner, the gunman also killed the owner’s son-in-law, a co-director of the company, European Product Carriers, which maintains an average fleet of 35 vessels, including oil tankers, as indicated on its website.
At 10:11 am, local police were notified by an employee inside the building.
The gunman was later found dead in the basement with his weapon next to him, having “likely shot himself in the head”, police spokesperson Konstantina Dimoglidou said.
Dimoglidou added that the gunman worked for the owner’s family, however further details were not provided.
According to a video shared by News247, an employee of the company confirmed that the assailant was “of Egyptian descent” and “had specifically targeted the company’s executives in an act of revenge.”
He “ordered us to leave so the employees would not be harmed”, she added.
Authorities stated that police officers had entered the building and safely evacuated two women who had been locked in the toilets by the gunman.
Nearby roads were also shut down, and many police officers surrounded the premises.