SOFIA, Bulgaria — A convicted underworld boss was shot and seriously wounded in broad daylight outside a courthouse in Bulgaria’s capital on Tuesday, sending panicked people on a busy downtown street scrambling for cover.
The shooter or shooters opened fire at around 9:30 a.m., probably from an apartment building across the street from the Sofia Courthouse, police said. Minutes after the shooting, a fire broke out at the top floor of the building, suggesting that the assailant or assailants may have set a fire to hide their tracks.
Zlatomir Ivanov and one of his bodyguards were both hit as they walked up the stairs to enter the court for an appeals hearing. The bodyguard managed to return fire but was wounded in the leg. Police said Ivanov was undergoing surgery after suffering four gunshot wounds in his legs, arm and stomach.
Ivanov, 44, was sentenced last year to…
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