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Shootings Hit Budapest McDonalds

July 5, 2000

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) _ A man killed one person in a McDonald’s restaurant and injured three others in a shooting spree, police said Wednesday.

The gunman entered McDonald’s just before midnight while three patrons were arguing with restaurant employees, said Col. Laszlo Garamvoelgyi, a police spokesman.

``He then went into the men’s room and emerged with a gun and started shooting,″ Garamvoelgyi said on state-run television.

The gunman then walked outside, shot a 17-year old on the street and walked on. Police caught him a few blocks away. He was identified only as Zsolt B., 25.

One person shot inside the restaurant died, while two were listed in critical condition with gunshot wounds to the head, police spokesman Attila Samu said. The 17-year-old pedestrian was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the stomach.

Such shootings are extremely unusual in Hungary, where gun control laws are strict and enforced.

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