Russian school shooting: 9 dead, suspect arrested

Russian school shooting: 9 dead, suspect arrested

Russian school shooting: 9 dead, suspect arrested

Relatives of students who attend a school in the Russian city of Kazan, where a gunman opened fire on Tuesday, killing several students and at least one teacher and injuring more than 20 others. Footage posted on social media showed a young man being pinned to the ground outside the school building by a police officer.

Russia's state-owned RIA Novosti news agency first reported 11 people had been killed, but authorities later revised the death toll to at least nine.

"The terrorist has been arrested, (he is) 19 years old".

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said President Vladimir Putin instructed the government to provide necessary support to the injured and families of the victims, and proceed with gun control measures. "Other accomplices haven't been established".

A total of 21 people have been hospitalized, including 18 children and three adults.

Kazan is the capital of Russia's Tatarstan region, roughly 700 kilometres (430 miles) east of Moscow.

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Police said they had opened an investigation into the attack.

Authorities announced a day of mourning on Wednesday and canceled all classes in Kazan schools.

School shootings are relatively rare in Russian Federation, but authorities have been on guard since a 2018 incident at a polytechnic college in Kerch, Crimea. Among them were 12 children, four of whom are in intensive care.

Russian lawmaker Alexander Khinshtein said on Telegram that the suspect in the Kazan attack received a permit for a shotgun less than two weeks ago and that the school had no security aside from a panic button.

One of the last major shootings of its kind took place in Russian-annexed Crimea in 2018 when a student at a college killed 19 before turning his gun on himself.

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