5 killed in Serbian cafe shooting motivated by 'jealousy'

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5 Killed in Serbian Cafe Shooting Motivated by 'Jealousy'

A mass shooting at a cafe in Serbia has left five people dead and 20 injured. Police have arrested a suspect and say the shooting was likely motivated by jealousy.

Police say the suspect, identified only as Z.S., targeted his ex-wife and another woman before randomly firing at the cafe's customers. The shooting took place in a village about 50 miles from the country's capital, Belgrade.

Authorities say the shooter was arrested after bystanders managed to wrest the automatic weapon from his hands. The suspect had no criminal record or formal history of domestic violence, though his ex-wife's father told a Serbian newspaper that abusive behavior was behind their divorce.

Automatic firearms are illegal in Serbia but have proliferated throughout the country since the wars in the region during the 1990s. In the aftermath of the shooting, Serbia's interior minister appealed for people to hand in illegal weapons.

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A police officer walks in a cafe after a shooting during a local festival in the village of Zitiste, north of Belgrade, Serbia July 2, 2016. REUTERS REUTERS/Djordje Kojadinovic
Policemen stand guard at a cafe after a man shot dead five people in the village of Zitiste, northern Serbia on July 2, 2016. A man shot dead five people, including his wife, and injured another 20 in a cafe in northern Serbia early Saturday, police said, with jealousy the suspected motive. / AFP / ALEXA STANKOVIC (Photo credit should read ALEXA STANKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - People clean up the ground behind a police ruban at a cafe after a man shot dead five people in the village of Zitiste, northern Serbia on July 2, 2016. A man shot dead five people, including his wife, and injured another 20 in a cafe in northern Serbia early Saturday, police said, with jealousy the suspected motive. / AFP / ALEXA STANKOVIC (Photo credit should read ALEXA STANKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
A policeman walks in front a cafe after a man shot dead five people in the village of Zitiste, northern Serbia on July 2, 2016. A man shot dead five people, including his wife, and injured another 20 in a cafe in northern Serbia early Saturday, police said, with jealousy the suspected motive. / AFP / ALEXA STANKOVIC (Photo credit should read ALEXA STANKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
A man cleans up the ground at a cafe after a man shot dead five people in the village of Zitiste, northern Serbia on July 2, 2016. A man shot dead five people, including his wife, and injured another 20 in a cafe in northern Serbia early Saturday, police said, with jealousy the suspected motive. / AFP / ALEXA STANKOVIC (Photo credit should read ALEXA STANKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
A man cleans the ground at a cafe after a man shot dead five people in the village of Zitiste, northern Serbia on July 2, 2016. A man shot dead five people, including his wife, and injured another 20 in a cafe in northern Serbia early Saturday, police said, with jealousy the suspected motive. / AFP / ALEXA STANKOVIC (Photo credit should read ALEXA STANKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
A police officer walks in a cafe after a shooting during a local festival in the village of Zitiste, north of Belgrade, Serbia July 2, 2016. REUTERS REUTERS/Djordje Kojadinovic TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A woman walks past a cafe after a shooting during a local festival in the village of Zitiste, north of Belgrade, Serbia July 2, 2016. REUTERS/Djordje Kojadinovic
A man is interviewed in a cafe after a shooting during a local festival in the village of Zitiste, north of Belgrade, Serbia July 2, 2016. REUTERS/Djordje Kojadinovic
A police officer stands in a cafe after a shooting during a local festival in the village of Zitiste, north of Belgrade, Serbia July 2, 2016. REUTERS REUTERS/Djordje Kojadinovic
A woman walks in a cafe after a shooting during a local festival in the village of Zitiste, north of Belgrade, Serbia July 2, 2016. REUTERS/Djordje Kojadinovic
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