Guman kills 7 in Belgium
The New York Times
May 13, 1987
BRUSSELS, May 12 - A
gunman killed seven people, including a child and five members of one
family, before being found dead in his car today. The police said the
man, found near the southern town of Mons, apparently shot himself. They
gave no further details.
The man shot dead five members of a
family and wounded a sixth person at a farm in Pepingen. He then
followed and killed a witness and her 3-year-old son before fleeing by
car. The identity of the gunman and the reason for the killings was
Gunman kills himself after belgian
May 13, 1987
A man who killed
seven people and seriously injured three more in Belgium killed himself
last night when police carrying out a huge manhunt stopped his car.
Michel Van Wijnendaele, who had injured his own parents-in-law when he
ran amok in the small farming community of Bogaarden, south of Brussels,
shot himself as police tried to get him to surrender.
Three generations were wiped out
when Van Wijnendaele, aged 28, broke into a farmhouse killing a 90-year-old
man and his wife, aged 84. He also killed a middle-aged couple and one
son aged 20. Another son, who was 24, was seriously injured with a
bullet in his stomach and another in his shoulder and was last night in
a serious condition in a Brussels hospital.
The killer left the house, but
seeing a woman and her three-year-old son outside a neighbouring
farmhouse, killed them, too. Police believe the gunman feared they might
recognize him. Police roadblocks were thrown up around the area, in an
attempt to cordon it off before the man could escape. But about four
hours later Van Wijnendaele attacked another farmhouse at Denderwindeke,
near Aalost, shooting and seriously injured a middle-aged couple who
identified him as their own son-in-law.
Police units round the country were
then put on alert in the hunt for the killer, who escaped in a blue Opel
car. Police did not know the motive for yesterday's farmhouse killings,
but the spokesman said: "We think he was a bit of a lunatic." They
dismissed any connection with the supermarket murders in Aalost in 1985,
when masked gunmen mowed down innocent shoppers in an apparently
motiveless but well-organized attack.