Estonia: Lihula shooter not a member of Kaitseliit since 2013

  • 2020-06-07
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - The 32-year-old man who has been apprehended as suspect in the Lihula shooting has not been a member of the Kaitseliit (Defense League) volunteer corps since 2013.

"It has thus far been ascertained that there were altogether five people in the car at which the man opened fire -- a man, aged 58, a woman, 61, and three children, aged five, three and nine. The man and woman in the car were the children's grandparents," Ullar Kutt, head of the police station of Parnu, said in a press release.

"The 61-year-old woman died of her injuries and the children, aged five and three are in hospital in a severe condition. The 58-year-old man was discharged from hospital this morning [Sunday -- BNS] and allowed to recuperate at home. The nine-year-old child was examined by the emergency medical specialists and, found to be unharmed, was able to return to their parents," Kutt said. "The biker who was killed in the incident was a 40-year-old-man. The information according to which there was one more person in the Subaru in addition to the shooter, has thus far not been substantiated, and according to the information available to the police, the shooter was alone in the car." 

The 32-year-old man caused a traffic accident near the Olerex gas station in Lihula, Parnu County, ramming two cars and the wall of a building before leaving the scene. The alarm center was informed of the incident at 9:45 p.m. Some ten minutes later, the alarm center received a call from the biker who said he had seen the vehicle drive away from the scene. The biker is known to have followed the car. At approximately 10 p.m. the alarm center was informed of shots having been fired and at 10:10 p.m. that the biker may have been shot at. The first police patrol arrived at the scene 20 minutes after the police had been informed of a possible shooting.