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Two dead, one critical in Cretan bar shooting

A 49-year-old Cretan man died in the hospital of self-inflicted gunshot wounds yesterday, a few hours after killing his 31-year-old Russian girlfriend with the same gun in a bar and then turning the weapon on the 39-year-old owner of the venue, who was in critical condition late last night. According to police in the prefecture of Lasithi, the 49-year-old had been drinking at a local bar with his girlfriend on Tuesday evening when a dispute broke out. Witnesses said he left the bar and returned with a single-barreled shotgun which he used to shoot the Russian woman in the head, killing her instantly. He is then said to have turned the gun on the barman before fleeing in his car. Police traced him near Ierapetra and dispatched psychologists and relatives to talk to him as he was threatening take his own life. A few hours later, the 49-year-old shot himself in the head in front of his sister. He died in the hospital early yesterday.