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Officials: 13 people killed in shooting spree in village near Belgrade

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Local villagers are gathered on a crossroad in the village of Velika Ivanca

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) - A 60-year-old man gunned down 13 people, including a baby, in a house-to-house rampage in a quiet village on Tuesday before trying to kill himself and his wife, police and hospital officials said.

Belgrade emergency hospital spokeswoman Nada Macura said the man, identified only as Ljubisa B., used a handgun in the shooting spree at five houses. The dead included six women.

Residents of the village of Velika Ivanca, 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of Belgrade, described the suspect as a nice and quiet man.

They said he first killed his son before leaving the house and shooting his neighbors, some of whom were still asleep.

"He knocked on the doors, and as they were opened he just fired a shot," said local villager Radovan Radosavljevic. "He was a good neighbor and anyone would open their doors to him. I don't know what happened."

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