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Provincial Governor Shot by Former Classmate

October 7, 1987

VIENNA, Austria (AP) _ The governor of Carinthia province was shot Tuesday at a class reunion by a former schoolmate who was angry because he had not been named director of his hometown school, the news media reported.

Gov. Leopold Wagner underwent surgery after being shot twice in the stomach, and although he was listed in critical condition, his wounds were not said to be life threatening, Austrian television reported.

Josef Kreuzberger, Klagenfurt police director, told Austrian television that Wagner was shot by Franz Rieser while the two men and about 60 other people were attending a 40th anniversary reunion of their class.

The celebration was being held in a restaurant near the train station.

Rieser, 60, felt mistreated because he was not named director of the school in his hometown of Ferlach, near Klagenfurt, the Austria Press Agency reported.

Kreuzberger said Rieser recently wrote a letter to a local newspaper claiming the province’s school directors were appointed on a political and not professional basis.

He said witnesses reported Rieser followed Wagner into the men’s lounge and two shots were heard.

″Then Wagner came out of the men’s room, holding his stomach, followed by Rieser who held a revolver in his hand pointed at the governor,″ Kreuzberger said. He added a waiter disarmed Rieser and others held him until police arrived.

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