Russian woman, 14, shoots and kills classmate, commits suicide | EUROtoday
A 14-year-old woman shot a classmate lifeless and injured 5 individuals earlier than killing herself at a secondary faculty within the Russian metropolis of Bryansk close to the Ukraine border on Thursday.
Fatal assaults at instructional amenities — beforehand a rarity — have change into extra widespread in Russia lately.
Moscow has taken steps to tighten already strict gun legal guidelines after a collection of college assaults. After the Bryansk assault, the Kremlin stated it will look into “why the measures did not work”.
Moscow has voiced concern after earlier assaults, with President Vladimir Putin calling the incidents a US import.
“A 14-year-old girl brought a pump-action shotgun to school, which she used to shoot her classmates,” Russia’s Investigative Committee stated in an announcement.
“As a result, two people died — one of them the shooter — and there are five wounded,” it added.
The sufferer was one other woman within the shooter’s class. Authorities didn’t establish the attacker and Russian media named her solely as “Alina.”
Footage filmed by pupils and shared by Russian state TV confirmed panicked youngsters screaming and the sounds of a loud explosion.
Another confirmed college students barricading themselves inside a classroom.
The state-run TASS information company reported that legislation enforcement believed there was an battle between the shooter and the sufferer. It additionally reported that woman had used a searching rifle owned by her father.
The taking pictures happened in Bryansk’s Gymnasium Number Five, a secondary faculty within the metropolis’s suburbs.
News businesses reported that the woman’s father had been taken in for questioning and that the household’s house was searched.
State media additionally reported that the woman’s twin sister was additionally within the class, reporting that she was in shock.
Local information shops in the meantime reported that the woman had come to highschool with a gun and a knife.
The Investigative Committee printed a video of detectives assessing the classroom, which nonetheless had open textbooks and blood on the ground, confiscating telephones and laptops.
The governor of the Bryansk area, Alexander Bogomaz, known as the taking pictures a “terrible tragedy”.
“My sincere condolences to the parents of the girl who died at the hands of the girl shooter. This is an irreparable loss,” he stated.
Bogomaz stated 5 minors had been wounded with mild and medium-severe accidents and brought to a neighborhood youngsters’s hospital.
Media later reported that one of many wounded teenagers, a boy, was in critical situation and had been taken to Moscow for remedy.
Bryansk is a metropolis of round 370,000 individuals in southwest Russia.
The border area — together with Bryansk itself — has not too long ago been focused by Ukrainian drone assaults and occasional shelling.
Russia has tightly managed its faculty system since sending troops to Ukraine, making patriotism a precedence and instructing youngsters about its offensive in Ukraine.
Russia tightened its already strict gun possession legal guidelines following a collection of college shootings between 2019 and 2021.
In the western Russian metropolis of Izhevsk in September final 12 months, a gunman killed 18 individuals at a college.
In 2021, a 19-year-old shooter killed 9 individuals in a college in Kazan, and the identical 12 months a teen killed six individuals at a college within the Urals metropolis of Perm.