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    Shootout in Linkebeek: elderly man killed, another wounded

    A man in his sixties was shot dead on Sunday afternoon in Linkebeek, Flemish Brabant, by his 74-year-old neighbour, who also wounded another man, in his fifties, the Office of the Public Prosecutor (OPP) of Hal-Vilvorde reported. The perpetrator has been arrested by police. The incident took place at about 4.45 p.m., according to the OPP. “When the local police arrived, they found two men lying on the ground in the garden of a home,” OPP spokesman Gilles Blondeau said.

    “One of these persons, in his sixties, had died. The other, in his fifties, was calling for help and said their neighbour had shot them. This person had a gunshot wound on his shoulder,” Blondeau said. “The Hal-Vilvorde OPP has detained the neighbour in question (74 years old) for questioning, and has called an arms expert, a forensic doctor and the laboratory.”

    The incident is being treated as a suspected murder and attempted murder by an investigating judge. The OPP and the investigating judge were scheduled to go to the scene.   

    While the exact circumstances surrounding the shootout were not immediately clear, sources there linked it to a quarrel between neighbours that turned sour.

    Christopher Vincent

    The Brussels Times