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Chita police investigating murder of 4 persons

May 28, 2013, 10:49 UTC+3

The investigators ascertained the identities of the victims

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CHITA, May 28 (Itar-Tass) - Chita police are investigating the murder of two women and two men, whose bodies were found in the village of Peschyanka in suburban Chita early on Tuesday, spokesman for the regional department of the Investigative Committee Yegor Markin told Itar-Tass.

"The fifth person, a man with a gunshot wound to the stomach, was rushed to hospital; he is in resuscitation ward," regional police spokeswoman Larisa Ivanova said.

The investigators ascertained the identities of the victims. "The women are two residents of Chita, aged 17 and 29; the men are a 37-year-old resident of Peschyanka and a 20-year-old native of a Central Asia republic. His 30-year-old fellow countryman is a critical condition in a Chita hospital," Markin said.

Police said the house in which the murder had been committed, had been rented. Preliminary inspection of the scene of crime found several shell casings and fragments of bullets. "Investigators will run several expert examinations. The victims' bodies have been sent to a forensic lab. Police are ascertaining witnesses of the crime," according to the spokesman.

The team of investigators includes personnel who handle particularly serious cases. It is led by head of the SK committee for the Baikal region Gennady Podznoyev. The criminal case was opened over the "murder of two or more persons."

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