Switzerland Shooting
Members of Bernese Police force work at a crime scene in Wilderswil. Reuters file photo

A suspected shooting incident in which three people were killed in Switzerland was triggered by a family dispute, local media have reported.

Bern cantonal police said they found three bodies near a railway station in the Alpine village of Wilderswil, a few kilometres from the popular tourist resort of Interlaken.

Police spokeswoman Ramona Mock said authorities were called at the scene this morning [3 November].

She didn't provide any further detail about the identity of the victims or the cause of their death.

Local media reported that the three victims - two men and a woman aged between 40 and 50 - were all Portuguese nationals and were killed in a shooting.

An acquaintance of the woman told Tages Anzeiger newspaper that she was shot dead by her ex-husband, who then killed her new partner before taking his own life.

According to the paper, the family drama unfolded as the gunman rang his ex-wife's doorbell in the morning, at around 0700 CET.

As the woman opened, he shot her in the head. Her husband of two months subsequently arrived at the scene and was also shot.

The attacker then unsuccessfully tried to storm into the house, where his three children aged between seven and 18 were staying, before shooting himself.

The paper said the couple had been divorced for several years, with the wife recently complaining her ex-husband had been harassing her.

Police have not confirmed the report. Detectives were seen carrying out a forensic examination of a hotel balcony overlooking the crime scene, which has been cordoned off.

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