Seven youngsters killed, many wounded in Russian college taking pictures

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© Reuters. A view shows school number 175 after a recent shooting in Kazan, Russia, on May 11, 2021. REUTERS / Alexey Nasyrov

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By Maxim Rodionov and Alexander Marrow

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Seven school children were killed and many more injured on Tuesday after a lone juvenile gunman opened fire at a school in the Russian city of Kazan, the region chief said.

In a video shot by a viewer broadcast by the Russian news agency RIA, two children were seen jumping from the third floor of four-story school number 175 to escape when gunfire rang out.

Rustam Minnikhanov, the head of the whole Tatarstan region, called the attack a major tragedy for the whole country and said there was no evidence that anyone else was involved.

“We lost seven children … four boys and three girls. And 16 people, 12 children and four adults, are in the hospital,” Minnikhanov told state television.

“The terrorist has been arrested. He is 19 years old and officially registered as a gun owner.”

It was possible that the toll would go up. Russian news outlets said earlier, citing a health ministry source, eleven people had died.

Footage released on social media showed a young man nailed to the ground by a police officer in front of the school building. Other footage showed ambulances parked in front of the school and people running towards the building.

Kazan is the capital of the Muslim-majority region of Tatarstan and is located about 725 km east of Moscow.

School shootings are rare in Russia. One of the last major shootings of its kind took place in Russia-annexed Crimea in 2018 when a college student killed 19 people before pointing his gun at himself.

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