A 44-year old man was shot dead at around 4 a.m. this morning, when gunmen driving a 4X4 jeep, started firing shots at the man using a kalashnikov or MP5 gun.
The victim was at a bar located at the corner of Chios and Creta street in the area of Plateia Vathi near Omonia square, downtown Athens, when eight shots were fired, also causing injury to a 21-year old woman. According to reports, the 44-year old man was a father of two and was an employee at the Athens International Airport. He was visiting a friend who owns a bar, near the place he was shot dead. The man decided to go to a near-by bar after his friend closed up at around 2 a.m. There were approximately 30 patrons in the bar during the time the man was shot dead.
Police are currently investigating what is considered to be ‘mafia-style’ shooting. It is believed that it is the “clearing up of personal business affairs,” but no official announcement has been made.
During the last few years of the financial crisis, a significant increase in assassinations, murders and robberies have been noted in Greece.