Jealous ex-boyfriend massacres family
A jealous gunman massacred his ex-girlfriend, her new boyfriend and her entire family in their beds at a popular Austrian ski resort after bumping into them at dinner on the weekend, police say.
Nineteen-year-old Nadine Hinterholzer, her 24-year-old boyfriend Florian Janny, and her father Rupert, 59, mother Andrea, 51, and brother Kevin, 25, were gunned down inside their home at Kitzbühel, an alpine resort near Innsbruck, in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The alleged gunman, an ex-boyfriend of Nadine's identified only as 25-year-old Andreas E, turned himself in to police shortly after, telling officers, "I just shot five people."
Police allege the attack was motivated by rejection and jealousy after Nadine, who broke off her relationship with Andreas two months ago, bumped into him in a restaurant while having dinner with her new boyfriend on Saturday night.
It's alleged he had originally gone to the family's home to talk with Nadine a few hours later, but was turned away by her father. He then went back to his own house, grabbed his brother's illegally owned gun and returned to the chalet at around 4am.
Andreas shot Rupert as he answered the door again before going upstairs and killing Andrea and Kevin as they slept in their beds. He then climbed over an outdoor balcony to reach a locked second apartment where Nadine and Florian were staying, killing them as well.
He turned himself into police at about 6am. "He put a gun and a knife on the counter and claimed that he had just killed five people," chief investigator Walter Pupp said.
Mr Pupp said police interrogated Andreas for several hours after he turned himself in and he described the events "very clearly and in a structured manner". "The description is still in line with the investigation so far, and there are currently no major contradictions," he told local media.
Mr Pupp also revealed there had been no emergency calls to police following the shooting, but neighbours in the densely populated town likely wouldn't have heard the shots. The gunman acted very fast and each gunshot would have only sounded like a "dull bang", he said.
The normally sleepy town of Kitzbühel was still in shock the day after the attack, according to local media. "We are all shocked and deeply saddened," Mayor Klaus Winkler told DPA News, saying a candlelight vigil had been planned for the victims.
On Facebook, Florian's ice hockey team paid tribute to their keeper, who had won Man of the Match on the night of the attack, according to Austrian newspaper Die Presse. "Our thoughts are also (with) the four more victims of this tragedy, including loyal fans of EC," the EC Die Adler Kitzbühel page said.
Autopsies are yet to be carried out on the victims, with police still focusing on collecting evidence from the home. The investigation is ongoing.