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Man dies after shooting wife in Zurich toy store

A domestic dispute in a Toys’R’Us store in the canton of Zurich turned deadly on Tuesday when a 28-year-old man used a handgun to shoot his 24-year-old wife before pulling the trigger on himself.

Man dies after shooting wife in Zurich toy store
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The incident occurred around 1pm in an underground parking area at the store in Dietlikon, a municipality northeast of the city of Zurich, cantonal police said.

The woman, a Swiss citizen, was taken to by ambulance hospital with serious gunshot wounds.

Her husband, an ethnic Albanian Serb, was transported separately by a Rega emergency rescue services helicopter to hospital where he died from his self-inflicted wounds, police said.

The couple’s three-year-old daughter, who witnessed the shootings, was not injured, police said.

She was taken into the custody of relatives.

The man was registered with cantonal police due to past cases of domestic violence, police said.

“I wanted to park and I saw him covered in blood and lying on the ground, trembling,” a witness told the Blick news site.

“I went to get help in the Toys’R’Us store,” the witness said.

“There a blond woman lay bleeding in the elevator on the floor.”

Police are investigating what led to the shootings.
 

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Visiting Swedes shocked by Zurich police arrest

Three Swedish men got a shock surprise in Zurich when police pulled over the two black Volvo station wagons they were in and arrested them at gunpoint.

Visiting Swedes shocked by Zurich police arrest
Photo: Zurich city police

The incident occurred on early Thursday afternoon when city police received information that “dangerous people” were in the cars, Marto Cortesi, Zurich city police spokesman told The Local.

“We had some information about two cars and three people,” Cortesi said.

“We had some information that dangerous people were in these cars.”

Cortesi said he could not go into details about what specific danger was suspected but he said city and cantonal police were jointly involved in the arrest, which he acknowledged was “a mistake”.

Witnesses told 20 Minuten that at least 10 officers surrounded the vehicles wielding guns, including a machine gun.

“Then the men were dragged out and handcuffed,” an onlooker told the newspaper.

“The action was indeed spectacular but the arrests happened quietly,” another witness told 20Minuten.

“The (arrested) men did not resist.”

The Swedes were taken to a local police station but were released after “five minutes,” when police realized the information they had received was false, police spokesman Cortesi told The Local.

Police apologized to the Swedes, who were tourists visiting Switzerland, he said. 

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