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Man commits suicide after killing ex wife

By George Psyllides

A 35-year-old man shot and killed his ex wife, 31, in Kornos on Wednesday afternoon and then killed himself, police said.

Stavroulla Florou died in hospital at around 10pm. She had been rushed there in critical condition after she was shot in the head with a hunting shotgun.

Christos Eleftheriou fled the scene but was found dead in his car in a wooded area between Kornos and Delikipos just before 7pm. He had apparently shot himself, police said.

His ex wife’s grand mother, 80, and her partner, 39, were also injured in the shooting, but their condition was not life threatening.

The 3.30pm incident had been witnessed by the couple’s two children.

It all started when Eleftheriou went to his mother in law’s home to pick up their two children, an eight-year-old boy, and a girl aged four.

For an unspecified reason, the children had refused to go with him, sparking an argument.

The father went back into his car and returned with a loaded hunting shotgun he used against his ex wife. The shot hit her in the head while pellets also injured the grand mother and the victim’s partner. They were all sitting on the veranda.

They were rushed to hospital where the 31-year-old woman was admitted to the intensive care unit and placed on a ventilator.

The perpetrator drove off, taking his gun with him.

The man was said to be suffering from psychological problems and that he had done a stint in the mental hospital in the past.

In a similar incident in June, a 41-year-old father of two shot and killed his estranged wife, 35, and his nine-year old daughter using his army issue G3 rifle. He also shot and critically injured his son, 14. The young boy had managed to survive the rampage.

The man shot his wife through the windshield of her car and then shot his daughter while she was trying to get out. He chased down his son to a nearby plot where he shot him twice from behind, injuring his lung and leg. Standing over his son’s body, the man then took his own life.

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