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Double homicide in Megara

A 50-year-old man from Megara, west of Athens, was charged with murder yesterday after allegedly shooting dead two cousins outside his home as they attempted to stop him from killing another person. The unnamed suspect had allegedly called his 57-year-old neighbor over to his house on Saturday so they could settle some personal differences. Their discussion ended with the 50-year-old chasing his neighbor out of the house and shooting him in the back with a hunting rifle. According to police, it was at that point that the two cousins, aged 26 and 29, pulled up in their vehicle and attempted to stop the gunman from shooting his victim. However, the 50-year-old turned the rifle on them and shot both of them dead. The victims were not named. The assailant then fled to a local monastery, where he handed his rifle over to the monks and asked them to call the police. Officers arrested him soon afterward. The 57-year-old man was taken to the hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.