Multiple Deaths After the School Shooting in Russia
At least eleven people died in a shooting at a school in Russia. According to the Russian news agency TASS, it concerns one teacher, nine students, and an unidentified person. In addition, 32 were injured.
A 19-year-old man has been arrested for the shooting in Kazan, a city nearly 800 kilometres east of Moscow. Nothing is yet known about his motive. Several Russian news agencies previously reported that a second gunman was shot, but local authorities now say there is no evidence that the arrested man had an accomplice.
It is known that the suspect was registered as a gun owner. In response to the shooting, Russian President Vladimir Putin promises to review the country’s firearms laws. The president has also conveyed his condolences to the relatives of the victims.
Emergency services are massively on-site at the school, where, according to witnesses, students have jumped from higher floors. Nearly 800 people were in the building during the shooting. As a precaution, local authorities have scaled up security at all educational institutions in the city. Classes have been cancelled.
Shootings rarely occur at educational institutions in Russia. The last most significant incident was in 2018 in Crimea annexed by Russia. Nineteen people were killed before the perpetrator shot himself.