Update Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Authorities in Vaud have arrested a man in connection to the 26 February shooting that left two women injured in Lausanne. He phoned police shortly before 03:00 early Monday 28 February, admitting to the crime, and he turned himself in to police in Mont-sur-Lausanne shortly afterwards. He said he did it out of a loathing for authorities.
Police say the man is in their books, but only for traffic violations.
He has now been charged with attempted murder, putting the lives of others in danger and grievous bodily injury.
The man is in his late 20s and he lives on the west side of the city. He told police that he went into the city centre to shoot a police officer, but that he never intended to murder anyone. He shot the parking officer from a distance of 30 metres until he saw the woman fall, then he went home and cleaned his gun.
The shooting took place near the Montbenon Tribunal. Two women, including one who was in her car at the time, were shot in the legs. One of the victims was an off-duty municipal parking agent.
The man shot his 9mm gun before fleeing in what was identified Saturday as a Mercedes-Benz with Valais license plates, police investigators said Saturday. But when the man turned himself in, he admitted driving his dark blue BMW 316i with Vaud license plates.
Nearby Montbenon Park, one of the city’s largest and most popular parks, has been the scene of random acts of violence in recent years. In 2009, an American student was attacked by a group of six young people that included four women. A few months earlier, a 20-year-old was knifed in the heart by two youths he didn’t know as he walked through the park.