3 dead after gunman opens fire in S. Korean convenience store

February 24, 2015

Three people were dead after a gunman opened fire at a store in Sejong City and set the store on fire before fleeing. (Yonhap)

UPDATED (Yonhap) — Three people died Wednesday after an unidentified person opened fire with a shotgun at a convenience store in this central city, authorities said.

The shooting occurred around 8 a.m. in the Geumam district in the nation’s de facto administrative capital, located some 120 kilometers south of Seoul, firefighters said.

The three victims were rushed to nearby hospitals, but all reportedly died. They have been identified as the store manager, his father and a man who lived in the same building.

Police said the suspect set the store ablaze before fleeing.

A prime suspect, the ex-boyfriend of the store manager’s younger sister, was found dead in his car in Gongju, some 162 kilometers south of Seoul, in an apparent suicide, police said.

Possession of guns is illegal in South Korea unless otherwise approved by the government.