Three Men Arrested After Deadly Shootout in Yerevan

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Armenian prosecutors announced on Monday the arrest of three unidentified men’suspected of taking part in a late-night gunfight in Yerevan that left one person dead and two others seriously wounded.

The spokesman for the Prosecutor-General’s Office–Gurgen Ambarian–refused to identify the suspects and comment on possible reasons for the shootout.

The deadly incident occurred late on Friday in the city’s southern outskirts mainly occupied by Soviet-era idle factories. Television pictures from the scene showed a bullet-holed car and spent cartridges strewn on the ground. More than a dozen cars were reportedly parked in the deserted area when the gunfire erupted.

Police said three young men were rushed to a nearby hospital as a result. One of them–aged 30–died shortly afterward–while the two others were reported to remain in a critical condition on Monday.

A spokesman for the national Police Service–Zarzand Gabrielian said that two people who participated in the shootout turned themselves in over the weekend. He said one of the men’surrendered a Kalashnikov rifle and a pistol. It was unclear whether they were among the detainees mentioned by the prosecutors’ spokesman.

Gabrielian revealed that investigators searched the apartment of the murdered man and found an arsenal of firearms and ammunition–including eight Kalashnikovs. He added that law-enforcement authorities have already "established the identity of a number of suspects" and have already begun to "interrogate their relatives." But he declined to give further details of the case.

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