Turkish gunman kills 7 in suicide attack

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Associated Press

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 4:32 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 19 at 4:32 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A gunman on Wednesday stormed a branch of Turkey's statistics agency and opened fire on his former colleagues, killing six of them before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life, officials and reports said.

Eyup Tepe, the governor for Kars where the attack took place, said the shooting was not terrorism-related. He said the gunman, identified as Veysi Erin, was employed as a psychologist at the agency.

"He killed six people before committing suicide," Tepe said.

Hurriyet newspaper and other media reports said the man had recently been dismissed by the statistics agency.

According to the Dogan new agency, the dead included the agency's manager and five employees. One other employee among about 40 people in the office was seriously injured in the attack, Dogan said.

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