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Suspect in Serb shooting spree dies

Bogdanovic died after an attack that killed 13.

Bogdanovic died after an attack that killed 13.

BELGRADE — The Serbian veteran suspected of killing 13 people in a shooting rampage and then turning the gun on his wife and himself died Thursday.

Ljubisa Bogdanovic, 60, died from head wounds, Belgrade Emergency Hospital said. His wife, Javorka Bogdanovic, 60, was in serious but stable condition.

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The assailant went on a pre-dawn, house-to-house rampage Tuesday near Belgrade, killing his mother, son, and a 2-year-old cousin, police said.

Milovan Kostadinovic, a neighbor who said he and his family survived only because a police patrol showed up after a call by Bogdanovic’s wife, said “he should have suffered more for what he did to us.”

“I’ve heard that he died,” Kostadinovic said. “It’s better that way. I feel better now that I know he passed away.”

Authorities are searching for motives in the worst peacetime shooting rampage in Serbia. Bogdanovic had no criminal record or history of mental illness. He fought in the Balkan wars in the 1990s and lost his job a year ago at a wood processing factory.

Residents of the village of Velika Ivanca, about 30 miles southeast of Belgrade, have said Bogdanovic first killed his son and his mother before leaving his home and going house to house, shooting neighbors.

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