VELIKA IVANCA, Serbia — He went from house to house in the village at dawn, cold-bloodedly gunning down his mother, his son, a 2-year-old cousin and 10 other neighbors. Terrified residents said if a police patrol car hadn't shown up, they all would have been dead.
Police said they knew of no motive yet in the carnage Tuesday that left six men, six women and a child dead in Velika Ivanca, a Serbian village 30 miles southeast of Belgrade.
After the rampage, police said suspect Ljubisa Bogdanovic, a 60-year-old who saw action in one of the bloodiest sieges of the Balkan wars, turned his gun on himself and his wife as authorities closed in. Both were in grave condition at a hospital in the Serbian capital.
The suspect's older brother Radmilo broke down in tears.
"Why did he do it? … I still can't believe it," he said, sobbing and covering his face with his hands. "He was a model of honesty."
Twelve people in the village were killed immediately between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., and one person died later in a Belgrade hospital, Serbian police Chief Milorad Veljovic said.