Lebanese family of 7 shot dead in home

2011-09-19 11:39

Beirut - The bodies of a Lebanese woman and her six children have been found shot dead in their Beirut apartment, a police spokesperson said on Monday.

"A 55-year-old woman and her six children were found shot dead late Sunday night in their apartment in Basta," an impoverished neighbourhood in the Lebanese capital, the spokesperson told AFP.

"The investigation is ongoing and we have nothing final yet on this horrific massacre."

Preliminary information indicated that the eldest son, aged 25, could have shot his mother and five siblings dead before heading to another room and turning the gun on himself, he added.

The bodies of the mother and five children had been found inside one bedroom, while the eldest son was found in another with a gunshot wound to his head and a hunting rifle at his side.

The father of the family, who runs a small bakery in the neighbourhood, returned home to the scene on Sunday night after spending the weekend in his native village in southern Lebanon.

He declined to confirm if the man was a suspect in the case.

  • Fedup - 2011-09-19 12:02

    Poor man, this is shocking

  • ilan.arbel - 2011-09-19 12:18

    this is somehow gonna become Israel's fault

      Samar - 2011-09-21 13:28

      What's sad is that a man just lost his entire family...that innocent people were killed and you can't show any sympathy or empathy...that is really sad

  • eric.vanvuuren - 2011-09-19 12:25

    That’s right, we, the rest of the world, are miss interpreting this action as murder. When the truth is they were not innocent enough for this guys believes. honk honk

  • Lihle - 2011-09-19 12:45

    President Zuma and the ANC something about our country going to the dogs. Our murder rate is totally unacceptable and...O hang on there!...c'mon reporters...please be specific! Do you mean Beirut in Lebanon or Beirut informal settlement(Eastern Cape)? Eisshhh!

      D - 2011-09-19 14:53

      If you read a little further the author says "...his native village in southern Lebanon." Hello.

  • jacogreeff - 2011-09-19 13:28

    How do you shoot 5 people with a hunting rifle without anyone overpowering him ?

      Paul - 2011-09-19 15:13

      Hunting rifle in that part of the word could also mean a semi automatic.. who knows. Either way.. horrible thing to happen to any family.

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