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article imageFather goes to Austrian school and shoots son in cloakroom

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By Leigh Goessl
May 25, 2012 in World
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An 8-year-old boy was shot this morning at his school in Sankt Poelten, a city west of Vienna. Austrian media have reported the shooter was the boy's father.
According to BBC News, a man went to his children's school, located in Austria, Friday morning and pulled both his son and daughter out of their classes. After he took them from class, he reportedly shot his 8-year-old son in the cloakroom; his 7-year-old daughter was not harmed.
Paramedics were immediately on the scene of this tragic incident, as they had been visiting the school to give presentations for Young Red Cross Day. The four individuals began giving emergency treatment, and within five minutes an emergency doctor had arrived.
International Business Times reported, "There was a life-threatening shot to the head of the child," said Markus Voglauer of the St Poelten rescue services. "But it was still not clear whether it was a targeted attack or a killing spree. And normally we do not get involved like this because we wait for the police to secure the scene first."
BBC News reported (via Der Standard) the doctor performed emergency surgery, and the young boy remains in "very critical" condition.
AFP reported the 37-year-old father is dead, having killed himself with a self-inflicted shooting. He was found inside an overturned car on a highway after authorities tracked his location by identifying his mobile phone signal.
It is being reported the father had a history of domestic abuse and violence. AFP reported he had been banned from the family's home a few days prior to this shooting. Police theorize there was a family feud, although officially no motive is clear at this time.
The man's identity has not been released at time of publishing.
Several children were present for the shooting and media reports say child psychologists are in the school providing counseling for students.
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