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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Shots Kill Businessman, 2 Others Beaten to Death

An employee of a commercial firm was murdered outside his residence in southern Moscow and three people were injured in an attack Tuesday morning that may have been a planned assassination, according to police.

The businessman died in an ambulance after an unidentified attacker shot him three times at 9: 30 A. M. at the entrance of 36 Ulitsa Ostrovityanova, near the Konkovo metro station on Moscow's southern outskirts.

Local police refused to name the dead man or to give further details of his employment, but they said he was a Russian citizen.

The murderer also shot and wounded two men who were with the businessman, as well as a police officer who tried to arrest him. He then escaped into a park, said Andrei Kalinichev, deputy chief of police station No. 90.

Kalinichev said he believed the murder was planned, but he declined to comment further.

On Monday police discovered the bodies of two men who had been apparently beaten to death near the VDNKh metro station in northeast Moscow, according to a police officer for the district.

The officer, who declined to be named, said that the reasons for the two murders were still unknown. He added, however, that the area around the Kosmos hotel and the VDNKh park is plagued by crime.

Also near the VDNKh metro station Monday, a thief surrendered to police several minutes after grabbing money from his victim, following warning shots, police said Tuesday.

Several traffic policemen chased the criminal at 9 P. M. Monday after police radio transmitted a description of a thief who had just grabbed $100 from a woman, according to the precinct police.

The policemen fired three or four shots in the air in order to force the man to stop, said an officer at police station No. 186.

The victim said that the Russian man, 21, approached her as she went to sell dollars to an exchange office at the metro station, offering to buy the dollars.

When she produced a $100 bill the thief grabbed the money and dashed away, but he was arrested minutes later, according to police.