Dhe death toll from a shooting at a Russian school rose to 13 on Monday. This was announced by the national investigative committee, including seven children and six adults.
The investigative committee confirmed the Interior Ministry’s statement that the suspected shooter committed suicide. Police found his body.
Nine deaths had previously been reported, including at least two teachers and two security guards. The Interior Ministry of the Udmurt Republic initially spoke of 6 dead and 20 injured in the city of Izhevsk in the morning.
The investigative authority confirmed that there were 21 injured, including 14 children and 6 adults. “In Udmurtia today there was a tragedy in Izhevsk at school 88. A person who has not yet been identified broke into the school and killed a security guard, that is already known,” Governor Alexander Brechalov said shortly after the crime. “There are child casualties and injuries.”
In the meantime, the school has been evacuated and sealed off, Bretschalow said in the video recorded in front of the school building. Rescuers could be seen behind him rushing into the building. According to the governor, the Russian National Guard, officials from the domestic security service FSB and employees of the authorities responsible for the investigation were already on site.
Investigations began into the background of the crime in the city around 1200 kilometers east of the Russian capital Moscow. Chief investigator Alexander Bastrykin said of the perpetrator: “He was wearing a black T-shirt with Nazi symbols and a balaclava. He had no documents with him. His identity is currently being established.”
Ischewsk, around 1200 kilometers east of Moscow, is the capital of the Russian Republic of Udmurtia and has almost 650,000 inhabitants. The city is west of the Urals, which separates the European and Asian parts of Russia.
In Russia, there have already been multiple rampages at educational institutions, resulting in deaths and injuries. This had sparked debates about tightening gun controls. In May last year, a 19-year-old killed nine people in a school in the Russian republic of Tatarstan. Even then, most of the victims in the city of Kazan were children. The man was arrested for murder and is in custody.