Asia South Korean reservist opens fire on colleagues in training

South Korean reservist opens fire on colleagues in training

south Korea Army
south Korea Army

(AA) – The South Korean military was reeling from a shooting spree Wednesday, after a reservist fatally shot a 24-year-old colleague and left three others injured before taking his own life.

An army statement revealed that a 23-year-old surname Choi equipped with a K-2 rifle “opened fire on his colleagues while receiving training at a military camp in Naegok-dong, southern Seoul, at 10:44 a.m.”

Spokesperson Ko Dong-heun told reporters that “investigators are looking into what caused him to go on the rampage.”

One of the injured was said to be in a critical condition following the shooting.

Around 600 reservists had gathered for three days of training, as is customary for young men in South Korea after completing their compulsory military service.

It appeared that “Gangnam Style” star Psy was among those taking part, but local news agency Yonhap reported that he had been granted leave less than half-an-hour before the spree.

The shooting was the latest in a series of high-profile incidents that have raised questions of military bullying and abuse in South Korea.

Only last summer a conscript killed five fellow front-line unit members, claiming that he had been insulted.

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