ATHENS, Greece — Police investigating the slaying of two members of the far-right Golden Dawn party and the serious wounding of a third person said Saturday the assailant finished off his victims at point-blank range before escaping on a motorcycle driven by an accomplice.
The shooter fired 12 rounds from a Zastava Tokarev semi-automatic pistol in the Friday evening attack outside a suburban Athens office of the Nazi-inspired party, police said.
The shooting came amid a government crackdown on the party following the fatal stabbing in September of an antifascist musician in Athens. A Golden Dawn supporter has been arrested and charged with murder in that case, though the party has denied any wrongdoing.
A police official, speaking to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because officers were not authorized to comment on the investigation, described a video from a nearby security camera that confirmed accounts from Golden Dawn lawmakers that the assailant started firing from 15 yards away and finished off his victims at close range.
The police's counterterrorism squad is investigating the case. Suspicion has fallen on one of several far-left and anarchist extremist groups.
Golden Dawn lawmakers blame Friday's slayings on authorities' prosecution of party members, including the jailing of the party's leader and deputy leader following September's killing of the musician. The outcry following the murder has prompted authorities to investigate the party's involvement in violent attacks and criminal activities.