Laid-Off Factory Worker Allegedly Shoots Former Boss, Takes Co-workers Hostage

Claire Gordon
Greece factory worker shoots boss
Greece factory worker shoots boss

It is a desperate time for laid-off workers, especially in Greece, where 1 in 5, and almost 1 in 2 young people, are unemployed. A man who was laid off seven months ago from his factory job in northern Greece, stormed into the facility with a hunting gun on Thursday, shot and wounded his ex-boss and a former co-worker, and took two others there hostage, police say. He later released the captives, unharmed, and turned himself in.

Police identify him as Dimitris Manikas, a 52-year-old father of two who has been unemployed for seven months, ever since he was laid off from his job at waste-container factory. Early Thursday afternoon, says GRReporter, the gunman entered the facility, and headed toward the office of owner Athanasios Andrianopoulos, shouting the boss' name.