Nine Dead In Russia School Shooting
At least nine people, most of them children, were killed Tuesday when a lone teenage gunman opened fire at a school in the central Russian city of Kazan, officials said
Kazan, Russia, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 11th May, 2021 ) :At least nine people, most of them children, were killed Tuesday when a lone teenage gunman opened fire at a school in the central Russian city of Kazan, officials said.
President Vladimir Putin ordered a review of gun control laws after the shooting -- one of the worst in recent Russian history -- which occurred on the first day back to school following annual May holidays.
Amateur footage on social media, apparently filmed from a nearby building, showed people escaping from the school by jumping from second- and third-floor windows, with sounds of gunshots echoing in the schoolyard.
Police said they detained the gunman approximately one hour after initial reports of shooting.
Another 20 were hospitalised, including 18 children. Six of them were in intensive care, Lazzat Khaidarov, a spokesman for the regional authorities, told AFP.
In the aftermath of the killings, authorities declared a day of mourning for Wednesday while Putin expressed his "deep condolences" to the victims and called for new gun laws.
"The president gave an order to urgently work out a new provision concerning the types of weapons that can be in civilian hands, taking into account the weapon" used in the attack, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
- 'Neat and calm' - Images broadcast on state television showed dozens of people outside the school with fire services and police vehicles lining nearby streets and law enforcement carrying automatic weapons patrolling the area.
The Interfax news agency, citing a nearby business college, identified the shooter as Ilnaz Galyaviev, who was enrolled at the Tatarstan University of Management but was expelled one month ago for poor academic performance.
"He was always neat and calm, he was respectful of fellow students and teachers," a representative of the university was quoted as saying.
There were initial reports of two shooters, with one reportedly barricaded on the fourth floor of the building and killed, but officials later said a lone attacker was responsible.
- 'Deeply saddened' - Tatarstan leader Minnikhanov described the shooting as "a major tragedy for our republic" shortly after the building was secured.
"We are deeply saddened that this has happened," he told reporters.
He described the detained assailant as a "terrorist" and said the 19-year-old shooter had a licence to carry a firearm.
Witnesses offered chilling accounts of the tragedy.
"I was in class, I first heard an explosion, then gunshots," state news agency TASS quoted a student as saying in the wake of the attacks.
"Parents are crying," she told the radio station. "People are hysterical." - Columbine copycat - Russia has relatively few school shootings due to normally tight security in education facilities and the difficulty of buying firearms legally, although it is possible to register hunting rifles.
He was shown in camera footage wearing a similar T-shirt to Eric Harris, one of the killers in the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in the US, which left 13 people dead.
The Crimea shooter, Vladislav Roslyakov, was able to legally obtain a gun licence after undergoing marksmanship training and being examined by a psychiatrist.
The shooting led to calls for tighter gun control in Russia.