Suspected Russian Shooter Got Gun License Less Than 2 Weeks Ago, Lawmaker Says

The gunman who opened fire in a school in Kazan, Russia, on Tuesday morning, killing at least nine, received his gun license less than two weeks ago, Russian lawmaker Alexander Khinshtein said on Telegram.

A teacher, seven eighth-graders and a school staff member were the nine pronounced dead, with 21 others hospitalized. Russian media said the suspect was a former student at the school.

"The terrorist has been arrested, (he is) 19 years old. A firearm is registered in his name. Other accomplices haven't been established, an investigation is underway," Governor Rustam Minnikhanov of Tatarstan, where Kazan is the capital, told the Associated Press.

A day of mourning will be held on Wednesday and all schools in Kazan will have their lessons canceled. Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed sympathy for the families of those affected and directed government officials to offer assistance.

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School Shooting in Kazan, Russia
Ambulances at the scene of a shooting at School No. 175 in Kazan, the capital of the Russian republic of Tatarstan, on May 11, 2021. Roman Kruchinin/AFP via Getty Images

The gunman sent students running out of the building as smoke poured from its windows.

Footage released by Russian media outlets showed students dressed in black and white running out of the building. Another video depicted shattered windows, billowing smoke and sounds resembling gunshots in the background. Dozens of ambulances lined up at the school's entrance after the attack and police fenced off access to the building.

Russian media said while some students were able to escape, others were trapped inside during the ordeal. All students were eventually evacuated to nearby day-care centers and collected by their families.

Officials said the attacker has been arrested and police opened a criminal investigation into the shooting. Authorities immediately put additional security measures into place in all schools in Kazan, a city 430 miles east of Moscow.

According to Tatarstan health officials, 21 people were hospitalized with wounds after the attack, including 18 children, six of whom were in "severely grave condition."

While school shootings are relatively rare in Russia, there have been several violent attacks on schools in recent years, mostly by students. In response to Tuesday's attack, authorities in several Russian regions ordered sweeping security inspections at schools.

Russian media said the shooter reportedly called himself "a god" on his account on the messaging app Telegram and promised to "kill a large amount of biomass" on the morning of the shooting. The account was blocked by Telegram after the attack, the independent news outlet Meduza said.

Khinshtein said on Telegram that the school didn't have any security aside from a panic button.

Putin wished a speedy recovery to the wounded. Russian officials promised to pay victims—families 1 million rubles (roughly $13,500) each and give 200,000 to 400,000 rubles ($2,700 to $5,400) to the wounded.

Putin also ordered Victor Zolotov, head of Russia's National Guard, to revise regulations on the types of weapons allowed for civilian use in light of the attack. Authorities in Tatarstan ordered checks on all gun owners in the region.

Russia's Emergency Ministry sent a plane with doctors and medical equipment to Kazan, and two leading officials, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko and Education Minister Sergei Kravtsov, headed to the region.

Ambulance After Shooting in Kazan, Russia
Medics and friends help a woman board an ambulance at a school after a shooting in Kazan, Russia, on May 11, 2021. Roman Kruchinin/AP Photo