2012 Bucharest hair salon shooting

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2012 Bucharest hair salon shooting
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The red marker indicates the location of the attack
Location Bucharest, Romania
Date March 5, 2012
≈17:30 local time (UTC+2)
Target A hairdresser
Attack type
Mass murder, massacre
Weapons 9×19mm Glock pistol
Deaths 2
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrator Gheorghe Vlădan

On 5 March 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 Vlădan entered the salon with a firearm. As a result of the attack, two people died and six were severely injured, totaling eight victims.[1][2]

The attack[edit]

The gunman refuge location after the shooting

At around 17:40 EET, Vlădan entered the hairdressing salon Perla (English language: Pearl), located at the intersection between Dorobanti and Iancu de Hunedoara Blvd. in Bucharest, armed with a 9×19mm Glock semi-automatic pistol. 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.[3] 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.[4]

Immediately after the shooting, a witness 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 was sealed, but later reopened to public traffic that night. According to local media, the gunman worked 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.[citation needed]


Two women were killed in the attack. One of the deceased 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, suffering gunshot wounds to arms and legs, were moved to the Elias hospital. Both of the slain victims were shot in the head and chest, respectively.[5]

The perpetrator[edit]

Bucharest hair salon shooting

Gheorghe Vlădan, a 51-Year-old chauffeur for the Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs, was identified as the shooter. According to multiple sources,[6][7][8] the reason behind the shooting was the fact that the attacker's wife, Florina Vlădan, wanted to divorce him. Vlădan "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".

Vlădan had two cases already pending for violence. In 2005, he was accused of threatening, insulting, and hitting or other violence, the courts having to fund its payment and appeal. A news agency reported that Vlădan was said to be angry with his wife because she had filed for divorce.[9]

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 officers.[10] Later, he claimed he did not remember any of the events.[11]

On 8 March, Vlădan 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. However, it was determined that his claims are "improbable" and that "his only intention is to avoid prosecution".[12]

On 29 March, the General Prosecutor announced that Vlădan decided to murder his wife after reading the divorce papers. The specialists from the National Institution of Forensics established that he had discernment, and that his direct intention was to murder her.[13] In February 2013, Vlădan was found guilty of extremely grave murder and received a life sentence from the Bucharest City Court; his attorney stated that she does not believe the prosecution proved premeditation and that she will post an appeal.[14] The appeal was judged in October 2013, and the Court of Appeal ruled to uphold the initial sentence and to raise the amount of damages due to the victims and their families.[15]

Public response[edit]

The general public in Romania was in shock. Since the attack was the first such event in recent Romanian history, a precedent has been created.[16] The shooting sparked debates, making the public question the reliability of psychological examinations, which are required in order to receive a weapon ownership licence. It was later found that Vlădan recently had his annual exam, and the report determined he was mentally able to carry a lethal weapon. Bucharest's chief of police was replaced as a result.[17] Three weeks later, on 25 March, 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.[18]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 44°27′13.07″N 26°5′59.37″E / 44.4536306°N 26.0998250°E / 44.4536306; 26.0998250


  1. ^ Wolfe-Murray, Alina (2012-03-05). "Romania: 2 dead, 6 wounded in hair salon shooting". Times Standard. 
  2. ^ "Agentul Vlădan a fost reţinut pentru 24 de ore. Şi-a omorât soţia cu trei gloanţe, apoi a tras la întâmplare". Antena 3. 2011-03-06. 
  3. ^ - Breaking news: Agent Vladan shot his wife, then turned himself in
  4. ^ - Armed attack in the Capital
  5. ^ "Tragedie în Capitală: Opt oameni împuşcaţi" [Tragedy in the capital: eight people shot]. România liberă. 2012-03-05. 
  6. ^ - See why the killer shot the cashier
  7. ^ - The shot wife wanted to permanently end this
  8. ^ - Armed attack in Bucharest, eight people shot
  9. ^ "Agentul Vlădan a fost reţinut pentru 24 de ore. Şi-a omorât soţia cu trei gloanţe, apoi a tras la întâmplare" [Officer Vlădan was detained for 24 hours. He murdered his wife with three bullets, then shot at random]. Antena 3. 2012-03-06. 
  10. ^ "Eye-witness statements". Antena 3. 2012-03-05. 
  11. ^ "Gheorghe Vladan, autorul atacului armat de la blocul Perla, a fost arestat preventiv pentru 29 de zile" [Gheorghe Vlădan, the shooter from the Perla building, has been arrested for 29 days]. Hotnews.ro. 2012-03-07. 
  12. ^ http://www.hotnews.ro/stiri-esential-11698215-atacul-armat-perla-gheorghe-vladan-sustine-arma-descarcat-accidental-inculpatul-cerut-internarea-intr-centru-psihiatric.htm
  13. ^ http://www.hotnews.ro/stiri-esential-11865796-seful-dgipi-cristian-gheorghe-latcau-revocat-din-functie.htm GP: Gheorghe Vladan decided to murder her after reading the divorce paper
  14. ^ "CRIMA DE LA PERLA. Gheorghe Vlădan, condamnat la ÎNCHISOARE PE VIAŢĂ" [Perla murder: Gheorghe Vlădan, sentenced to life imprisonment]. România liberă. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  15. ^ Ciocan, Otilia (17 October 2013). "Masacrul de la Perla: Gheorghe Vlădan va face închisoare pe viaţă, a decis Curtea de Apel Bucureşti" [Perla massacre: Gheorghe Vlădan sentenced to life imprisonement by the Bucharest Court of Appeal]. Mediafax. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  16. ^ - Massacre in Bucharest: man opened fire in Dorobanti
  17. ^ Ghidovăţ, Georgeta; Vasilcoiu, Cristian Şt.; Botezatu, Cristina; Cană, Petrişor (2012-03-07). "Șeful Poliției Capitalei a fost demis. Interimarul, revocat, după ce s-a aflat că el i-a dat permisul de port armă călăului de la coafor" [Bucharest's chief of police was sacked. His replacement was also changed after it turned out he was the one to grant a license to carry firearms to the hair salon shooter]. Evenimentul Zilei. 
  18. ^ 52 cops with psychological issues had lethal weapons