Russian school shooting described as 'terrorist act' leaves 13 dead, 23 wounded




  • In US
  • 2022-09-26 12:55:00Z
  • By NY Daily News

A mass shooting at a Russian school Monday left 13 people dead, including numerous children, in an act allegedly carried out by a former student, local authorities said.

The shooting at School No. 88 in Izhevsk left 23 other victims wounded, with officials identifying the gunman as Artyom Kazantsev, whom they say killed himself following the massacre.

Kazantsev, 34, wore a shirt with "Nazi symbols" on it, according to Russia's Investigative Committee. Alexander Brechalov, the governor of Udmurtia, said the suspect was a patient at a psychiatric facility.

Officials offered a disparity for how many of the victims were children, with Brechalov saying nine of the 13 killed were kids. His comment came after the Investigative Committee said seven of the people killed were children.

Authorities haven't released a motive for the rampage at the school serving students from first grade through 11th. Izhevsk is the capital of Udmurtia in central Russia.

Kazantsev fired a pair of unlicensed, non-lethal handguns that had been altered to shoot real bullets, according to the National Guard.

None of the victims have been publicly identified by name or age. The school has been evacuated, and an investigation involving murder and illegal possession of firearms charges is ongoing, officials said.

"President Putin deeply mourns deaths of people and children in the school, where a terrorist act took place," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

With News Wire Services

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