Gunman Opens Fire At Russian School
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
MOSCOW (Worthy News) – A suspected Nazi gunman opened fire at a school in the Russian city of Izhevsk, killing at least nine people, including five children, and injuring numerous others before committing suicide, investigators said.
The motives were not immediately clear surrounding Monday’s shootings in Izhevsk, the capital of the Udmurtia region, about 970 kilometers (600 miles) east of Moscow.
Russia’s Investigative Committee, which handles major crimes, said the gunman wore a balaclava and a black teeshirt with Nazi symbols. It said his identity had not yet been established.
The committee explained that the other victims were two teachers and two security guards. Some 20 people were injured, authorities added.
Governor of Udmurtia Alexander Brechalov confirmed in a video statement that the gunman shot himself.
He went on a shooting rampage in school No88, which educates children between grades 1 and 11. It has been evacuated, and the area around it has been fenced off, the governor said.
Rescue and medical workers could be seen in the area, some running inside the school with stretchers. Russia’s Health Ministry said “14 ambulance teams” were working at the scene to help the injured, news agencies reported.
The shooting in Izhevsk, a city of 640,000, underscored broader concerns about school shootings in recent years in Russia.
Last year in May, a teenage gunman killed seven children and two adults in Kazan city.
In April 2022, an armed man killed two children and a teacher at a kindergarten in the central Ulyanovsk region before committing suicide.
Monday’s attack came just hours after a man had opened fire and severely wounded a recruitment officer at an enlistment center in Siberia.
It came amid an ongoing mobilization of 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine.
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