Police in the canton of Valais, which lies in the southwest of the country, said that one man had fired the shots. According to the Blick newspaper, the circumstances of the crime are unclear, and the police have not yet specified the identity of the shooter.
Blick said in the morning that the police are still looking for the perpetrator. According to the local police, “extensive resources” have been deployed throughout the canton. The Pomona news portal reported that armed police patrolled, for example, the municipalities of Gamsen and Eyholz.
According to the server of the newspaper Le Nouvelliste, the shooting took place at a painting and plastering business in the district of Ronquoz and also in the Potences section on the other side of the Rhone river in the city of around 35,000 inhabitants.
According to the police, the attacker probably knew his victims, but did not provide further details. The local prosecutor’s office opened an investigation on suspicion of murder.
Reuters reminds that there are many gun owners in Switzerland of nine million, and the number of firearms among the civilian population is estimated at 2.3 million.