A gunman has killed 13 people in the Russian city of Izhevsk, in a horrific school shooting. Five of the victims were children and the killer shot himself at the scene of the atrocious crime.
The Udmurtia branch of the Interior Ministry said 20 people were wounded in the mass shooting on Monday. Russia’s Investigative Committee, which handles major crimes, said the gunman was wearing a balaclava and a black teeshirt with Nazi symbols. It said his identity had not yet been established.
Russia’s Investigative Committee said the dead also included two teachers and two security guards. The motive for the shooting in Izhevsk, which is about 600 miles east of Moscow, remains unclear.
News agency RIA cited Governor Alexander Brechalov of the Udmurtia region, of which Izhevsk is the capital, as saying an unidentified man had entered the school and killed a security guard. He said there were dead and wounded among the school pupils.
Governor Brechalov, in a statement on the Telegram messenger app, also said he had arrived at the city’s School No. 88 and the security services as well as paramedics were at the scene.
In 2004, one thousand children and parents were taken hostage by Chechen separatists on the first day of the new school year.
After a three day siege, Russian forces stormed the school with some of the rebels blowing themselves up. A total of 333 hostages were killed in the chaos while hundreds were wounded. More than half of those who died were children. Another 72 of the hostages were left badly disabled.