Seven of the victims – four boys and three girls – were eighth-graders, according to reports.
At least nine people were killed in a shooting and explosion at a school in the Russian city of Kazan on Tuesday, Russian state media reports said.
RIA Novosti, citing Rustam Minnikhanov, governor of Tatarstan, where Kazan is located, reported that seven students, a teacher and another employee died in the attack on school No. 175.
All seven students – four boys and three girls – were in eighth grade. About 20 people were injured.
Local reports indicate that the attack began around 10 a.m. local time. Teachers and students told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that they heard a loud explosion in the school before they heard the shooting and fled.
Neighbors across from the school shared videos on social media showing smoke rising from the building moments after hearing the first explosion. Another video showed a wreck From inside the school.
The Moscow Times reported that “a video clip published by Telegram news channels shows children jumping from school windows to the sounds of gunfire.” The state news agency RIA Novosti reported that two more students died after they jumped from a third-floor window, citing a source in the emergency services, but these deaths have not been confirmed.
Minnikhanov said the shooter, a 19-year-old who had a registered weapon, was arrested. Independent news website Novaya Gazeta has identified the alleged shooter as Ilnaz Galyaviyev and posted a photo of him in police custody. Novaya Gazeta said that he graduated from school.
Footage posted by Mash news channel on Telegram showed what appeared to be the shooter surrendering and being pinned to the ground by police. Early reports suggested a second shooter might have been involved, but Minnikhanov said “no other accomplices have been proven.”
push the killer shooting a A call from Russian President Vladimir Putin RIA Novosti reported, citing Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, that the country’s gun laws are tightening.
Peskov told reporters in Moscow that Putin had given a special order to the head of the Russian National Guard, Viktor Zolotov, “to establish new regulations on the types of weapons intended for civilian use, the weapons that may be in the possession of citizens, including the types of light weapons that the gunman used in this shooting.” “.
“The fact is that sometimes hunting weapons are registered as small arms, which in some countries are used as assault rifles, etc. The matter will be resolved quickly by the National Guard, Peskov added.
School shootings in Russia and the former Soviet republics are much rarer than in the United States, but their frequency has increased in recent years. In November 2019, a gunman shot and killed a college student in the Far East of Russia before he committed suicide. And in October 2018, in the Russian-annexed peninsula of Crimea, a college student killed 20 people before shooting himself.
Update: This post has been updated to more clearly and accurately attribute the source of some information.