By Hrach MelkumianOne person was killed and three others were wounded late Sunday after a gunman opened fire at a polling station in a village 30 kilometers south of Yerevan, the Armenian police said.
The shooting took place shortly after the end of voting in the nationwide parliamentary elections. Among those wounded were the chairman of the local election commission and the proxy for an opposition candidate. But it was not clear whether the incident had any connection with the elections.
According to the police headquarters in Yerevan, it resulted from a personal quarrel between two residents of the village of Shahumian. One of them, identified as Tarzan Yenokian, reportedly settled scores with Vrezh Avetisian, a former police officer. Avetisian, who happened to be at the local the polling station during the attack, was gunned down on the spot.
The spokesman for the Armenian Police, Artak Vartazarian, told RFE/RL that a police officer who guarded the place returned fire and wounded the attacker. Law-enforcement authorities are now investigating the shooting, Vartazarian said.
There were no reports of gunfire or major violence during the voting.