Police are investigating the death of a Roma man who died from a gunshot wounds to the head and heart at dawn on Thursday.
Police have not as yet confirmed information obtained by MTI that a Roma man was found dead outside his house in the village of Tiszalok in the county of Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg, NE Hungary, with a gunshot wounds to the head and heart.
The spokesman of the National Security Office, Laszlo Bartha, told MTI however that police are examining whether the current incident bears any resemblance to previous crimes of a similar nature.
Several Roma have been murdered in the recent past.
The Mayor of Tiszalok told MTI that outer areas of the village are largely inhabited by Roma. He said that the victim was employed and had lived with his wife.
Head of the National Roma Council Orban Kolompar told MTI that the fifty-three year-old victim lived in the last of a row of houses occupied by Roma. He said the killing had taken place at around 9.30 pm on Wednesday as the victim was leaving for work.
Mihaly Balogh, the head of the local Roma self-government, told MTI that the perpetrator had used a 9 mm shotgun.
Balogh said the victim had worked for a chemicals company in a neighbouring settlement, and had held the same job for the past 20 years. He was just about to get into his car when the shooting took place, he said. The local Roma council and the man’s neighbours alerted the police to the killing, he added.
Neighbours reported seeing a large car painted black and a tall man getting out of the car before the shooting took place.
Ambulance staff spent around 20 minutes attempting to save the Roma man’s life. Balogh said that the gunshot had also penetrated the man’s heart.