(Adds detail from news conference)
MENZNAU, Switzerland Feb 27 A Swiss factory
worker shot two colleagues dead and injured seven more on
Wednesday at a wood processing plant near the city of Lucerne,
The shooting was already over and the killer was dead by the
time police arrived at the scene. Five of the injured were in a
Lucerne police chief Daniel Bussmann told a news conference
the 42-year-old attacker had worked at the factory in the town
of Menznau, west of Lucerne, for 10 years, but said the motive
for the attack was not clear.
A prosecution spokesman said the shooting took place over
two to three minutes, with the dead and injured found on the
factory floor, in a corridor and the site canteen.
Police did not immediately confirm how the gunman had died.
Mauro Caprozzo, chief executive of the wood processing
company Kronoswiss, denied rumours that job cuts were due to be
announced at the factory on Wednesday.
He said the killer was a quiet, unassuming character.
"One almost didn't see or notice him," Caprozzo said.
A gunman killed three women and injured two men last month
in the Swiss village of Daillon, stirring a debate about
Switzerland's firearm laws that allow men to keep guns after
their mandatory military service.
There is no national gun register in Switzerland but some
estimates indicate that at least one in every three of the
country's 8 million inhabitants keeps a gun, many stored at
home. Citizens outside the military can apply for a permit to
purchase up to three weapons from the age of 18 in a country
where sharp shooting and hunting are popular sports.
A shooting in the Zug regional parliament in 2001, in which
14 people were killed, prompted calls to tighten the law, but
the majority of Swiss citizens rejected a proposal in 2011 for
extra measures such as lock-ups for guns outside service
(Reporting by Caroline Copley; Writing by Emma Thomasson;
Editing by Tom Pfeiffer)