At least 9 killed in Russian school shooting

Rodiano Bonacci
Mag 11, 2021

"He's a 19-year-old who was officially registered as a gun owner", Minnikhanov said. They gave no immediate details on a motive.

The initial report said another suspect was in a standoff with police inside the school, but officials later confirmed that the teenager is thought to have acted alone.

Images showed armed officers from the Federal Security Services (FSB) storming the school building, while the area was cordoned off with police tape. Dozens of ambulances lined up at the entrance.

Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov told reporters outside the school: "The terrorist has been arrested". Minnikhanov said it wasn't clear yet whether the gunman had accomplices or acted alone.

Russia's Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case of mass murder.

A total of 21 people have been hospitalized, including 18 children and three adults.

Authorities also announced the closure of all schools in the region and a day of mourning to honor the victims on Wednesday.

Kazan is the capital of the Muslim-majority region of Tatarstan and located around 725 kilometres (450 miles) east of Moscow.

However, in recent years there have been several violent attacks on schools, mostly carried out by students. Among them were 12 children, four of whom are in intensive care.

One of the last major shootings of its kind took place in Russian-annexed Crimea in 2018 when a student at a college killed 19 before turning his gun on himself. But most of the proposed legislative changes were turned down by the parliament or the government, the Kommersant newspaper reported. Russian officials promised to pay families 1 million rubles (roughly $13,500) each and give 200,000 to 400,000 rubles ($2,700-$5,400) to the wounded.

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