Vlora, Albania | Aug 10 (Tirana Echo) – At least 8 people have been shot dead and several others left wounded after a young man opened fire on members of the same family in the small village of Resulaj near Vlora in southern Albania.
Police are after the shooter who has fled the area with an AK47.
Ridvan Zykaj, 24, has reportedly shot at relatives of the Zykaj family leaving 8 dead and several others wounded. Zykaj is suspected to suffer from mental health problems.
Albanian authorities currently on the ground are investigating the murder and have launched a search for the young man with the country’s police and special forces surrounding the entire village and looking around the area.
According to unconfirmed reports, Zykaj had checked into a psychiatric hospital in Vlora recently and has fled the area armed with an AK47 machine gun and could harm others on the way.
Albania’s Police Department have warned the local population to be vigilant and watch out for this highly dangerous and armed individual. Police have appealed for any information which may help locate his whereabouts, in order to avoid further bloodshed.
The Vlora Police have provided people with two telephone numbers +355694110242 and 129 free toll line to report helpful information.
Mass shootings are a rare occurrence in Albania which boasts a relatively safe environment compared to other European countries.
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