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`LOVE TROUBLE’ BLAMED IN DEADLY RAMPAGE

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The army officer who shot down seven people in the winter resort of Falun had quarreled with one of the women earlier in the night at a disco in the town, his lawyer said Sunday.

"Love trouble seems to have been the triggering factor," said defense attorney Gunnar Lundgren on Swedish radio.The army's chief psychiatrist, Per-Olof Michel, said mental illness or drug abuse may also have played a role. If so, jealousy or too much alcohol could easily have set off the uncontrolled violence, Michel told the national news agency TT.

The officer used his army assault rifle, an AK-5, when he fired 146 shots and killed five women and two men early Saturday, police said.