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Gunman kills ex-girlfriend’s family and boyfriend in Korea

Lee Tae-hoon
Written by Lee Tae-hoon

A Korean man took his own life Wednesday shortly after killing his former girlfriend’s brother and father as well as her boyfriend, the police said.

The suspect, identified only as Kang, was found dead 4 kilometers away from the scene of the deadly incident. He is believed to have shot himself in the head.

The incident took place at around 8:00 a.m. in Sejong, the country’s administrative capital.

Kang, 52, took out two of his hunting rifles from the police station earlier in the day at 6:25 a.m.

He acquired his licence for hunting rifles in July last year. He purchased them in November.

Kang was carrying 35 rounds. He broke up with his girlfriend, 48-year-old woman identified only as Kim,  one and a half years ago.

Kim told the police that Kang was unhappy over splitting of their assets.

The victims are Kim’s 74 year-old father, her 52-year-old boyfriend, and her 50-year-old brother.

Korea has strict gun control laws and there have been hardly any gun-related accidents.

As of January this year, 163,664 hunting rifles have been registered for individuals.

A Korean man in his 60s took his own life with a smuggled J-22 pistol in 2013.

In 1982, a police officer, who became furious after a quarrel with his girlfriend, killed 56 people and wounded 35 others in several villages in Uiryeong, Gyeongsangnam Province before taking his own life.

His rampage remained the deadliest known mass murder committed by a lone gunman in modern history until the Norway attacks of July 22, 2011.

The Korea Customs Service has seized more than 1,000 firearms smuggled into the country since 2007.

Intern reporter Chung Hye-min contributed to this article. 

About the author

Lee Tae-hoon

Lee Tae-hoon

Lee Tae-hoon is publisher at The Korea Observer. He previously worked for the Korea Times and Arirang TV. You can reach him at lee@koreaobserver.com.

  • just an observer like you

    2082? it must be a typo I guess.

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