Russia’s Kazan school shooting: at least 9 people died

According to reports, seven of the victims-four boys and three girls-were students in the eighth grade.

Last updated on September 27, 2021, 8:32 AM Eastern Time

Published on May 11, 2021, 5:28 AM EST

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People reacted near the ambulance at the shooting scene.

According to Russian state media, at least 9 people were killed in school shootings and explosions in Kazan, Russia on Tuesday. report.

Seven students, a teacher and another school employee were killed in the attack on School No. 175. RIA Novosti The report quoted Rustam Minnikhanov, governor of Tatarstan where Kazan is located.

All seven students—four boys and three girls—are in the eighth grade. About 20 others were injured.

Local report Indicates that the attack began around 10 a.m. local time.Teacher and student tell Radio Free Europe/Radio Freedom Before they heard the gunshots and ran away, they heard a strong explosion in the school.

The neighbor across the school shared video Social media showed that shortly after hearing the first explosion, heavy smoke came out of the building.Another video shows fragmentation From inside the school.

“Video posted by Telegram News Channel show The children jumped out of the school windows with gunshots.” Moscow Times report“The state-run RIA Novosti Report Sources in the emergency services department said that two other students died after jumping from the third-floor window, but these deaths have not been confirmed. “

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A man offered flowers outside the school.

Minnikhanov said the gunman was a 19-year-old man with a registered weapon and had been arrested.The independent Novaya Gazeta news site identified the alleged gunman as Ilnaz Galyaviyev and Publish Photos of him during police custody. Novaya Gazeta said he is a graduate of this school.

Lens Publish The Telegram news channel Mash showed the gunman surrendering and being pressed to the ground by the police. Early reports indicated that a second gunman might be involved, but Minnikhanov stated that “the other accomplices have not yet been determined.”

The deadly shooting prompted Call from Russian President Vladimir Putin Tightening the country’s gun laws, RIA Novosti report, To quote the words of Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.

Peskov told reporters in Moscow that Putin issued a special order to the captain of the Russian National Guard, Viktor Zolotov. All. Citizens, including the type of small arms used by the gunmen in this shooting.”

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Police cars and ambulances outside the shooting scene

“The fact is that sometimes hunting weapons are registered as small arms, used as assault rifles in some countries, etc.. This will also be quickly finalized by the National Guard,” Peskov added.

School shootings in Russia and the former Soviet Republic are less common than in the United States, but their frequency has increased in recent years.exist November 2019, A gunman shot and killed a student at a university in the Russian Far East and then committed suicide.While in October 2018In Crimea, annexed by Russia, a student at a university killed 20 people before shooting himself.

Update: This post has been updated to more clearly and accurately attribute the source of certain information.

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