A Serbian gunman who shot dead 13 relatives and neighbours before shooting his wife and turning his gun on himself on Tuesday (April 9) remained in a critical condition, the director of the hospital where he is being treated said.

Ljubisa Bogdanovic, a veteran of the 1990s Balkan wars, killed the 13 people, including his mother, son and a two-year-old child in a dawn rampage through Velika Ivanca, about 40 km (25 miles) southwest of Belgrade.

Police chief Milorad Veljovic told reporters at the scene that most of the victims were shot in the head as they slept. He said the victims, who lived in five houses, were relatives and neighbours of the man: six men, six women and a child.

Veljovic said Bogdanovic, born in 1953, had fought the 1991-95 war in Croatia during the collapse of federal Yugoslavia and had a firearms permit. He and his son had lost their jobs with a Slovenian firm in Serbia last year.

Serbian media reports said the man's father and uncle had both committed suicide several years ago.

Police said Bogdanovic turned the gun on himself after seeing a police patrol car approach the village.

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