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  • 17 June 2014, 1:56

Man Kills Ex And New Lover At School Reunion

A husband shot dead his ex-wife and her new partner at a high school reunion in a crowded Illinois bar before he was himself shot by an off-duty FBI agent.

Dozens of people were attending the gathering in the city of East Peoria on Saturday night when James Moore, 40, walked in at about 7.45pm and opened fire, said police.

Lance Griffel, 36, and Lori Moore, 33, suffered one fatal gunshot wound each to the head at the Fifth Quarter Sports Bar and Pizzeria, said the county coroner.

An FBI agent drew his own concealed weapon and killed Moore with a gunshot to the head.

Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll told Sky News the attacker was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ms Moore was pronounced dead in an emergency room at 9.16pm and Mr Griffel in the same hospital at 9.39pm, she added.

Court records show that Ms Moore divorced her husband in May 2013.

East Peoria Police Chief Dick Ganschow praised the FBI officer's swift reaction.

He told Sky News: "He's a local agent who just happened to stop by the bar and had only been there a very short time before the suspect entered the bar.

"He reacted very quickly and we're very fortunate that he was there.

"We don't have anything to suggest the suspect intended to kill anyone else. This was a very volatile situation and we don't know what his mind set was, but fortunately thanks to this agent's quick reactions we didn't wait to answer that question."

He said they were interviewing more than 100 witnesses to the incident.

FBI spokesman Brad Ware told Sky News the agency was coordinating with state police on an investigation into the matter.