2012 Bucharest hair salon shooting

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On March 5, 2012 two people were killed and six were injured after a shooting attack in a hair salon in Bucharest, Romania. The attacker, 51-year old Gheorghe Vl?dan entered the salon with a firearm. As a result of the attack, two people died and six were severely injured, totaling eight victims.

The attack

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The gunman refuge location after the shooting

At around 17:40 EET, Vl?dan entered the hairdressing salon Perla (English language: Pearl), located at the intersection between Dorobanti and Iancu de Hunedoara Blvd. in Bucharest, armed with a 9 mm Glock semi-automatic pistol with a magazine capacity of 19 rounds. He opened fire, shooting eight people in total. He fired eleven bullets, from which three hit his wife. The rest of the bullets were fired at the victims, and all of them hit the targets. At about 17:45, the shooter fled the scene and hid inside a public building. He turned himself in a few minutes after he left. Concomitantly, a witness has dialed 112 and reported the incident. A few minutes later, the police, ambulance and press arrived to the crime scene. The perimeter of the incident has been sealed, and has been reopened to public traffic on the night of 5 March 2012.

According to local media, the gunman works as a driver with the Medical Direction of the Interior Ministry. According to eyewitnesses, the attacker called the police after the shooting and surrendered himself to a bodyguard at the headquarters of a nearby Electrica payment unit.


Two women were killed in the attack. One of the fatal victims was the attacker's ex-wife, who was killed at the scene, while a second victim died after the shooting. Three people shot in the stomach were transferred to the Floreasca hospital, located across the street from the scene, while the other three, with wounds to arms and legs, were moved to the Elias hospital. The two women who died were shot in the head and chest, respectively.

The perpetrator

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Bucharest hair salon shooting

The shooter was a 51-year old man named Gheorghe Vl?dan. He worked as a chauffeur for the Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs. According to multiple sources, the reason behind the shooting was the fact that the attacker's wife, Florina Vl?dan, wanted to divorce him. Vl?dan "was not able to take that", and in consequence decided to murder her and her coworkers, who had allegedly been "helping her to get through the divorce".

The aggressor had two cases already pending for violence. He was accused in 2005 of threatening, insulting and hitting or other violence, the courts having to fund its payment and appeal. A news agency reported that Vl?dan was said to be angry with his wife because she had filed for divorce.

After the attack the gunman left the salon and took refuge in a nearby building owned by an electricity company. He was later detained by police. Later, he claimed he did not remember any of the events.<ref name="hotnews_arrest_20120307">Template:Cite web</ref>

On the 8th of March 2012, Vl?dan has stated that the weapon fired accidentally. Furthermore, he claimed he has "no recollection of the shooting whatsoever". He asked to be checked in at a mental asylum. The instance has decided that his claims are "improbable" and that "his only intention is to avoid prosecution".

On the 29th of March 2012, the General Prosecutor has announced that Vl?dan decided to murder his wife after reading the divorce papers. The specialists from the National Institution of Forensics have established that the shooter had discernment, and that his direct intention was to murder her. In February 2013, Vl?dan was found guilty of extremely grave murder and received a life sentence from the Bucharest City Court; his attorney has stated that she does not believe the prosecution proved premeditation and that she will post an appeal.

Public response

The general public in Romania was in shock. Since this is the first such event in recent Romanian history, a precedent has been created. The shooting has caused debates, making the people question the reliability of psychological examinations, which are required in order to receive a weapon ownership license. On top of that, Vl?dan had recently had his annual exam, and the report revealed that he was mentally able to carry a lethal weapon. Bucharest's chief of police was replaced as a result. Three weeks later, on March 25, the Minister for Internal Affairs stated that as a result of the shooting, fifty-two MAI employees had their gun permits revoked, due to faulty psychological examinations.

Deputy General Prosecutor Marius Iacob announced on Monday evening that the author of the attacks at the hairdresser, Vladan George was arrested on charges of aggravated murder.<ref name="hotnews_arrest_20120307"/>

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