A gunman opened fire in a shopping center in South Korea’s bustling central town of Busan on Sunday morning, killing at least three people and wounding another six before he was shot dead by police, authorities said.
Police identified the suspect as a 52-year-old man who was known to the public, said Seoul police spokeswoman Kim Yong-kyu.
The suspect was arrested at the scene and detained in the hospital, police said.
Witnesses reported hearing multiple shots before police arrived, the Associated Press news agency reported.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted a government source as saying that the man was a known member of a militant group linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), or ISIL.
Police later said that they had detained the man on suspicion of murder, but did not specify the motive.
Busan is one of the countrys largest cities and a major shopping center, and it is one area where a number of people have been killed in a mass shooting in recent years.
The attack took place just hours after the country hosted a concert by the pop group Super Junior.
On Monday, police in the southern city of Jindo arrested a man on Friday on suspicion that he opened fire at a car dealership in the town of Yodobashi, killing three people, the police chief said.
The shooting came as the country’s Supreme Court held an emergency session to hear an appeal filed by a man who said he shot and killed a man in a gunfight in the coastal city of Daegu in March.
The case was the latest in a string of attacks on foreigners that has raised concerns about the safety of visitors to South Korea, which has the world’s fourth-highest homicide rate.
In April, a 22-year old tourist from Australia was killed and a 22 year old man from the United States wounded in a shooting at a bus station in the country.
The two victims died of their injuries, while the gunman was also killed, police and a government official said.