A prominent lawyer was shot and killed by unknown individuals in his office in central Athens on Thursday evening, police said.

Mihalis Zafiropoulos, aged 52, was the son of former New Democracy MP Nontas Zafiropoulos, and specialized in cases of financial crime.

According to an associate of Zafiropoulos who worked in the office next door, the victim opened the main entrance of the building to two individuals who walked up the stairs to the second floor. He then suddenly heard a gunshot and when he ran to see what had happened, he found the victim bend over his office and the killers gone.

The initial examination shows that Zafiropoulos was shot in his abdomen. Police and a coroner are on the scene to collect the evidence.

Zafiropoulos’ office is located on Asklipiou Street, in Exarhia. Police arrived swiftly on the scene and are investigating the crime.