Nine killed at violent school shooting in Russia's Tatarstan capital Kazan

Canan Kevser
11 May 2021, 17:32
Canan Kevser
11 May 2021, 17:32

At least nine people have been killed on Tuesday during the violent school shooting in the city of Kazan, the capital of Russia's Tatarstan region, local officials said.

The victims at Kazan's School No. 175 include one teacher, one female school employee and seven 8th-grade students — four boys and three girls, the republic of Tatarstan's head Rustam Minnikhanov told state media.

Some 21 people were wounded in the incident, including six children who were currently in intensive care, according to the regional Interior Ministry.

The Ministry said that the assault was carried out by a 19-year-old shooter, who was apprehended. The shooter's gun was licensed, according to regional officials. Earlier locals told that there were at least two attackers, but the Ministry denied the reports that officers had killed a second shooter.

Shooter announced his plans on social media

Russian media outlets identified the shooter as School No. 175 graduate Ilnaz Galyaviyev, who 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,

A video posted by Telegram news channels shows children jumping out of the school's windows to the sounds of gunfire. emergency services said that two more students died after jumping from a third-floor window, but these deaths have not been confirmed.

Putin orders new regulations on arms possession

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow that Putin handed down a special order to the head of the Russian National Guard, Viktor Zolotov, "to hammer out new regulations on the types of weapons that are designated for civilian use, and which weapons may be in the possession of citizens, including the types of small arms the gunman used in this shooting."

Tatarstan authorities announced a day of mourning on Wednesday to honor the victims of the shooting and cancelled all lessons in Kazan schools.

Families of victims will receive 1 million rubles ($13,500) in compensation, while those who were injured will receive between 200,000 and 400,000 rubles ($2,700-$5,400) each.