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Three killed on French love-struck pensioner's shooting spree

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A retired small-town plumber in the south of France went on a shooting rampage that left three dead following a dispute with his lover, a prosecutor said Friday.

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Prosecutor Jean-Pierre Dreno said Joachim Toro, 78, was traumatised by the end of his liaison with a younger woman.

"Accompanied by a friend, she came to inform him of the end of their relationship in the early afternoon and things went wrong," Dreno explained.

Toro was described as likeable and discreet by his neighbours in Rivesaltes, a town near the city of Perpignan in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France.

The drama escalated later in the afternoon in a street near the Agly River, which runs through Rivesaltes.

Toro began to fire a pistol in the direction of the two women, lightly wounding his former lover.

He proceeded to fire at random into the street.

After shooting dead another pensioner and two municipal workers, he turned the weapon on himself in a suicide attempt.

Toro remains in critical condition in a Perpignan hospital following an operation Thursday evening.

Acording to Dreno, the woman claimed she had felt harassed, and wanted her friend to come because she feared a negative reaction.

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