TIRANA, Albania — Jun 26, 2014, 4:0 AM
The head and co-founder of one of two Albania’s biggest private banks, Artan Santo was shot dead Thursday in front of his office entrance in the capital, police said.
Banka Credins CEO Artan Santo was gunned down when entering his downtown office, according to police spokeswoman Alma Katragjini.
Witnesses told that two helmeted men on a motorbike first chatted with Santo after he left his car in front of the entrance, before shooting six times. One shot hit Santo in the head.
Police on Thursday said it was too early to determine a motive.
The bank staff was evacuated near the spot where Santo was killed. Authorities cordoned off the area with police tape.
Santo, 58 who was married with two children, has been CEO and director general of the 11-year-old Banka Credins has been CEO and director general of the 11-year-old Banka Credins. Albania has 16 banks in total.
The office, located in a formerly residential area (Blloku, it’s now a trendy area with coffee bars and offices) that was off-limits to the public until 1990 when the communist regime fell.