2021-05-12 03:25:27 Kazan, Russia School Shooting: At Least 9 Dead

Kazan, Russia School Shooting: At Least 9 Dead

According to reports, seven of the victims — four boys and three girls — were eighth-grade students.

Posted at 5:28 a.m. ET on May 11, 2021

According to Russian state-run media, at least nine people were killed in a school shooting and explosion in the Russian city of Kazan on Tuesday.

The attack at School Number 175 killed seven students, a teacher, and another school employee, according to RIA Novosti, citing Rustam Minnikhanov, governor of Tatarstan, where Kazan is located.

All seven students were in eighth grade, four boys and three girls. Another 20 people were injured.

According to local reports, 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 fleeing when they heard gunshots.

Neighbors across the street posted videos on social media showing smoke rising from the school shortly after the first blast. Another video showed debris from the school’s interior.

Children are seen jumping out of the windows of the school in a video posted by Russian Telegram news channels amid the sound of gunfire. According to RIA Novosti, citing an emergency services source, two more students died after jumping from a third-floor window, but their deaths have not been confirmed.

Minnikhanov stated that the shooter, a 19-year-old with a registered firearm, had been apprehended. The alleged shooter was identified as Ilnaz Galyaviyev by the independent Novaya Gazeta news site, which published a photograph of him in police custody. According to Novaya Gazeta, he graduated from the school.

Mash, a Telegram news channel, published video of what appeared to be the shooter surrendering and being pinned to the ground by police. Early reports suggested that a second shooter was involved, but Minnikhanov stated that “other accomplices have not been established.”

The deadly shooting prompted Russian President Vladimir Putin to call for tighter gun laws, according to RIA Novosti, citing Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.

According to Peskov, Putin issued a special order to the head of the Russian National Guard, Viktor Zolotov, “to hammer out new regulations on the types of weapons that are designated for civilian use, and which weapons may be in the possession of citizens, including the types of small arms used in this shooting.”

“The fact is that hunting weapons are sometimes registered as small arms, which are used as assault rifles in some countries, and so on. The National Guard will work quickly on this as well,” Peskov added.

School shootings are less common in Russia and the former Soviet republics than in the United States, but their frequency has increased in recent years. A gunman shot and killed a student at a college in Russia’s far east in November 2019 before killing himself. In October 2018, a student at a college in Russia-annexed Crimea killed 20 people before turning the gun on himself.

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Kazan, Russia School Shooting: At Least 9 Dead