Portugal pigeon dispute leaves four deceased

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A dispute between four racing pigeon breeders ended fatally when one of them fired the others.

During a dispute among racing pigeon breeders in southern Portugal, a man fatally shot three individuals before committing suicide.

The incident occurred in the Bairro Azul neighborhood of Setubal, approximately 45 kilometers (28 miles) south of Lisbon, according to the police.

A police commissioner in Setubal, Andreia Goncalves, characterized the shooting as “an isolated incident” involving an unresolved dispute between the men.

She stated that the gunman utilized a shotgun.ע

The Portuguese television station RTP reported that the battle was over pigeon breeding, and the Portuguese newspaper Publico reported that the men were also at odds over illegal vegetable gardens in the area.

Portugal has restrictive gun regulations, but hunting with firearms is permitted.

Since 2015, approximately 80 murders have been perpetrated annually in Portugal, according to police statistics. A fifth involve the use of firearms.

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