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Greek student gunman warned of plan on Internet

world Updated: Apr 11, 2009 19:47 IST
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A Greek student who shot three people before killing himself had warned of his plans on his website, police said on Saturday.

Armed with two small calibre weapons Dimitris Patamanidis, 20, shot one of his fellow students at a technical college in Athens in the chest on Friday and then fired on two passers-by before shooting himself in the head.

The fellow student remained in hospital on Saturday but was reported by the authorities there to be out of danger.

“I have no reason to continue living,” a message on the gunman’s recently created website, described as genuine by police experts, said.

“Unluckily for you I am too selfish to leave you and let you live ... before dying I am going to take from you your most precious thing.”

The site also carried a picture of the man holding an air rifle.

“I have made my decision and anyone I find in front of me on April 10 (the day of the shooting) will be a target ... you are all rubbish,” the message read.

He said that he had “received only contempt and rejection from the others” adding that “he thought he had fallen in love with someone.”

“I feel very bad because that person has rejected me and I hope that with what I am going to do Friday they will change their mind about me.”

His fellow students described Patamanidis, an ethnic Greek whose family emigrated from Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia, as a loner.