Gunman kills 4 in Austria, police raid his hideout

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Associated Press

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 17 at 10:04 PM

MELK, Austria (AP) — Police searching a farm for a gunman who killed four people in central Austria say they have found the charred body of what they believe was the suspect.

Regional police spokesman Roland Scherscher says the body was discovered early Wednesday in a compartment behind a double wall of one of the buildings on the farm grounds.

The body was found more than a day after the gunman barricaded himself in a farm building near Melk, a town 70 kilometers (40 miles) west of Vienna.

Scherscher told reporters that forensic experts still had to identify the body but police believe it was that of the gunman, who apparently set himself ablaze.

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