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Criminal case opened over murder of 4 men in Moscow region

February 18, 2014, 13:46 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Investigators are establishing the victims' identities and looking for witnesses

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MOSCOW, February 18. /ITAR-TASS/. Criminal proceedings have been opened over the murder of four men in the Moscow region, a representative of the regional department of the Investigative Committee told Itar-Tass.

The bodies of three men with gunshot wounds were found near a railway station under an overhead road in the village of Rodniki, Ramenskoye District on Tuesday morning, Investigative Committee representative Olga Vradiy said. The fourth man found at the scene in critical condition was taken to hospital but doctors were unable to save his life. There was an Opel Vectra at the scene. Police also retrieved from the scene shell casings and a hunting rifle.

"Criminal proceedings were opened over murder of two or more persons and illegal turnover of weapons," Vradiy said

A taxi driver reported to police that he had seen a group of men under the overhead road and heard shooting moments later, at around 09:50 Moscow time.

Investigators are establishing the victims' identities and looking for witnesses, the Investigative Committee official said.

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