A former employee broke into the premises of European Product Carriers, in the suburbs of Athens. According to an employee, the 70-year-old man wanted “revenge” on the firm’s managers.
A former employee of a Greek shipping company shot dead the owner and two executives of the company located in a seaside suburb of Athens on Monday before apparently committing suicide, according to police.
The attacker, aged 70, “barged into the building with a rifle on Monday morning before firing shots at these three people on the first floor of the building”, said the Greek police in a press release. He was later found dead “in the basement of the building with his rifle next to him”according to the same source. “He probably shot himself in the head.”added Konstantina Dimoglidou, police spokesperson.
The attacker “targeted the company’s managers”
In addition to the co-owner of this company located in Glyfada and called European Product Carriers, her son-in-law, co-manager, and an executive of this company were shot dead. The author had been fired and lived in a small accommodation near the house of the company owner, according to several Greek media. The police spokesperson said that the employee “worked for the owner’s family” without providing further details.
An employee of the company, in a video posted by the news site News247assured that the assailant was “of Egyptian origin” And “apparently wanted revenge and targeted company executives”. He “ordered us to go out so as not to touch the employees”, she added. The shooting occurred Monday morning and police were alerted at 10:11 a.m. local time (08:11 GMT) by an employee who was inside the building where the shooting occurred, according to the police statement.
A large police force was deployed around the company while the surrounding streets were cordoned off. Police said they evacuated two women who the perpetrator had locked in the toilet. “We heard gunshots and I hid under my desk before the police helped us get out of the building”another employee of the company whose identity has not been revealed told Skaï radio.
In addition to Piraeus, a major port near Athens and the center of maritime trade in the Eastern Mediterranean, many Greek and foreign shipping companies have premises in Glyfada, a seaside area in the south of Athens. Founded in 1979, the shipping company European Product Carriers has a fleet of some 35 vessels, according to its website, including many oil tankers. In addition to Glyfada, it has premises in London and New York, like many Greek shipowners.
Greece has one of the largest commercial fleets, with 5,520 ships, flying Greek and foreign flags, and controls the majority of the European Union fleet, or 59%, according to the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS). . Greek shipowners, who have increased their fleet in recent years, are one of the main drivers of the country’s economy, benefiting from tax breaks, often criticized by seafarers’ unions and left-wing parties.