Target shooting instructor Nicolae Tanase (56) was shot on Tuesday by Cristian Pop (24) at the UTI rifle range in Bucharest. The perpetrator then killed himself.
The surveillance camera footage shows the young man target practicing then turning suddenly toward his target shooting instructor and shooting him three times with a 9mm Glock from a distance of approximately one meter. After the instructor collapsed Popa shot two more bullets into the victim’s body then shot himself in the head with the same gun.
Pop was a known client at the rifle range but the employees did not know him to be a conflict-prone person, Mediafax informs, citing investigative sources. Investigators have found out that Pop left a goodbye note saying he felt useless and wanted to die. The note was found by family members in one of his jackets.
Following the incident, the databases of all rifle ranges will be verified. Authorities want to create a list of persons that are not authorized to use lethal weapons but have a passion for target shooting and to verify whether they have committed violent crimes or have mental problems.
The investigation into this case is handled by the Bucharest Police’s Homicide Service under the coordination of the Bucharest Court’s Prosecutor’s Office.