Russia, school shooting: 13 dead including 7 children

The episode in Izhevsk. The man who opened fire is a former student and allegedly committed suicide

At least 13 people were killed in the shooting at the school in Izhevsk, in the Republic of Udmurtia, in central Russia. This was reported by the investigative commission that is investigating the case, according to which at least seven children are among the victims of the attack. Another 14 students and 7 adults were reportedly injured. Among the victims are two teachers and two security guards, according to Russian officials.

Author of the attack a former student identified by the investigators. “This is 34-year-old Artem Kazantsev, a native of the city of Izhevsk, who graduated from this school,” the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation wrote on Telegram.

The motive of the man who opened fire in the school attended by about a thousand pupils and who subsequently committed suicide is still unclear. Investigators are currently conducting a search of his place of residence, the statement continues. “The personality of the aggressor, his opinions and the surrounding environment are being studied, as well as his adherence to neo-fascist views and Nazi ideology”.

A local lawmaker said the assailant was armed with two pistols. The Russian state news agency Tass cited investigators that the gunman was wearing a T-shirt with a Nazi symbol and a balaclava. In Udmurtia mourning for the dead was declared, from today to September 29th.

Russian President Vladimir Putin “is deeply saddened by the victims, including children, of the terrorist attack” at a school in Izhevsk, which was allegedly committed by “a member of a neo-Nazi group,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. .