A gunman wearing “Nazi symbols and tank tops” shot dead 13 people, including seven children, in an attack on a school in central Russia on Thursday, officials said. Two.
The attack at School 88 in Izhevsk, about 600 miles east of Moscow, also injured 14 more children and 7 adults. The shooter, believed to be armed with two weapons, committed suicide after the massacre.
Russia’s Investigative Committee has named the shooter as Artem Kazantsev, 34, a former student of the school. The committee also released a short video showing the gunman’s body lying on the classroom floor surrounded by overturned furniture. A red swastika in a circle appears to have been drawn on the chest area of his black jacket.
The Investigative Committee, which is responsible for major crimes, added that the six adults shot dead included a teacher at the school and a security guard. Authorities are currently searching Kazantsev’s whereabouts.
Speaking outside the school on Monday as paramedics rushed onto the campus, regional governor Alexander Brechalov confirmed “child casualties and injuries.” Initial reports suggest many of the victims were younger than 7 years old.
Rioting clips shared by local media showed armed officers storming the school’s stairs as frightened students fled during the attack. Others showed young children hiding in classrooms when shots were fired inside the school.
A 7th grade boy broke his leg after jumping from a third-floor window to escape the gunman, Russian media reported.
Two handguns found near the shooter’s body appear in images released by local stores that have strings attached to the words Columbine, Dylan and Eric — an obvious reference to the school massacre. Columbine School in 1999 in Colorado, in which Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 13 people.
There have been at least 13 mass shootings in Russia in the past three years, including a school shooting in May 2021 killed nine people. The massacre in Kazan, western Russia, which injured 23 others, was carried out by a former student.
One private shoot shook Russia on Monday, when a gunman shot a commander trying to move residents in the Irkutsk region of Siberia.
More than a dozen attacks on enlistment offices around the country have been recorded since last Wednesday, when Vladimir Putin announced the mobilization of 300,000 new troops for his invasion of Ukraine, bring the country into chaos.
During the war in Ukraine, which began in February, Putin and other Russian officials justified the bloody war on the grounds that “Denazification.”