A rainy day of 30. August has chosen till then inconspicuous 48 years old Lubomir Harman to kill 8 and injure 15 people with his automatic rifle on Pavla Horova street in Devinska Nova Ves of Bratislava, Slovakia. He first invaded a neighbouring flat on the same storey of his block of flats where he killed 5 members of a family. After that he killed another 3 people on the street and finally, after being injured by police he shot himself death.

Since it was a big story, the pictures played around the globe. Most important for me was that a picture of a relative of the victims appeared in the New York Times Lens Blog on page 8 of the Pictures of the Day: Pakistan and Elsewhere post.

Pavla Horova Street

Policemen prevent a man from running into the restricted area after he recognized one of the victims of the massacre on Pavla Horova Street in Bratislava, Slovakia, 30 August 2010.

The feet of a victim seen at the site of a massacre on Pavla Horova Street in Bratislava, Slovakia, 30 August 2010.

 

Policemen prevent a man from running into the restricted area after he recognized one of the victims of the massacre on Pavla Horova Street in Bratislava, Slovakia, 30 August 2010.

A general view of Pavla Horova Street from a balcony of a nearby standing building.

The massacre site from the balcony.

Slovak police officers secure the scene of a shooting in the Bratislava suburb of Devinska Nova Ves, 30 August 2010. A gunman has opened fire in a street in Slovakia's capital Bratislava, killing six people and injuring 14, local officials say.

Policemen carrying out a dead body of one of the victims of the massacre on Pavla Horova Street in Bratislava, Slovakia, 30 August 2010.

A relative of the victims of the massacre on Pavla Horova Street in Bratislava, Slovakia reacts after being informed about the incident. 30 August 2010.

Relatives of victims of the massacre on Pavla Horova Street in Bratislava, Slovakia react after being informed about the incident. 30 August 2010.

Relatives of the victims of the massacre on Pavla Horova Street in Bratislava, Slovakia, complain to police about lack of information, 30 August 2010.

Policemen carrying out a dead body of one of the victims of the massacre on Pavla Horova Street in Bratislava, Slovakia, 30 August 2010.

Relatives of victims of the massacre on Pavla Horova Street in Bratislava, Slovakia react after being informed about the incident. 30 August 2010.

Relatives of victims of the massacre on Pavla Horova Street in Bratislava, Slovakia react after being informed about the incident. 30 August 2010.

A policeman patrols the site of the massacre.

Policemen patrol the site of the massacre.

Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radicova signs the book of condolence in commemoration of the victims of the massacre on Pavla Horova Street, at the Slovak Government Office in Bratislava, Slovakia, 01 September 2010. A 48-years old gunmen opened fire on 30 August on Pavla Horova Street in Bratislava and killed eight people including himself and injured 15 others. The Government decided to cancel the Doors Open Day at the Government Office scheduled for 01 September 2010 and to open up the book of condolence for the public instead. EPA/PETER HUDEC

Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radicova signs the book of condolence in commemoration of the victims of the massacre on Pavla Horova Street, at the Slovak Government Office in Bratislava, Slovakia, 01 September 2010. A 48-years old gunmen opened fire on 30 August on Pavla Horova Street in Bratislava and killed eight people including himself and injured 15 others. The Government decided to cancel the Doors Open Day at the Government Office scheduled for 01 September 2010 and to open up the book of condolence for the public instead. EPA/PETER HUDEC

Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radicova talks to journalists after she has signed the book of condolence in commemoration of the victims of the massacre on Pavla Horova Street, at the Slovak Government Office in Bratislava, Slovakia, 01 September 2010.

The book of condolence in commemoration of the victims of the massacre on Pavla Horova Street, at the Slovak Government Office in Bratislava, Slovakia, 01 September 2010. A 48-years old gunmen opened fire on 30 August on Pavla Horova Street in Bratislava and killed eight people including himself and injured 15 others. The Government decided to cancel the Doors Open Day at the Government Office scheduled for 01 September 2010 and to open up the book of condolence for the public instead. EPA/PETER HUDEC

A man signs the book of condolence in commemoration of the victims of the massacre on Pavla Horova Street, at the Slovak Government Office in Bratislava, Slovakia, 01 September 2010. A 48-years old gunmen opened fire on 30 August on Pavla Horova Street in Bratislava and killed eight people including himself and injured 15 others. The Government decided to cancel the Doors Open Day at the Government Office scheduled for 01 September 2010 and to open up the book of condolence for the public instead. EPA/PETER HUDEC

Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radicova (R) during the requiem mass for the victims of the massacre on Pavla Horova Street, 01 September 2010 in St. Martin's Cathedral in Bratislava, Slovakia. A 48-year old gunmen opened fire on 30 August 2010 on Pavla Horova Street in Bratislava, killing 8 people, including himself, and injuring 15 others. EPA/PETER HUDEC

The requiem mass for the victims of the massacre on Pavla Horova Street, 01 September 2010 in St. Martin's Cathedral in Bratislava, Slovakia. A 48-year old gunmen opened fire on 30 August 2010 on Pavla Horova Street in Bratislava, killing 8 people, including himself, and injuring 15 others. EPA/PETER HUDEC

Nuns react during the requiem mass for the victims of the massacre on Pavla Horova Street, 01 September 2010 in St. Martin's Cathedral in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Relatives of the victims of the massacre on Pavla Horova Street in Bratislava weep during the requiem mass for the victims of the massacre on Pavla Horova Street, 01 September 2010 in St. Martin's Cathedral in Bratislava, Slovakia. A 48-year old gunmen opened fire on 30 August 2010 on Pavla Horova Street in Bratislava, killing 8 people, including himself, and injuring 15 others. EPA/PETER HUDEC

Relatives of the victims of the massacre on Pavla Horova Street in Bratislava weep during the requiem mass for the victims of the massacre on Pavla Horova Street, 01 September 2010 in St. Martin's Cathedral in Bratislava, Slovakia. A 48-year old gunmen opened fire on 30 August 2010 on Pavla Horova Street in Bratislava, killing 8 people, including himself, and injuring 15 others. EPA/PETER HUDEC