Gunman opens fire in Russian school ‘killing six and injuring 20’ as terrified students hide in classrooms and jump from windows
- A gunman stormed the No. 88 school in Izhevsk – the capital of Russia’s Udmurtia
- Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs reported six were killed and 20 injured
- Several children are believed to be among the dead, though victims have not yet been identified
Russia was hit by a major school shooting today with six dead and about 20 injured after a gunman went on a rampage, the Ministry of Internal Affairs has confirmed.
Initial reports said a security guard died and ten children were wounded or killed in the No. 88 school in Izhevsk – the capital of Russia’s Udmurt Republic.
Students and teachers were reported to be cowering under desks and hiding in cupboards in their classrooms as the gunman made his way through the halls.
Other students were injured after jumping out of windows to escape the gunfire.
News outlet 112 reported that six people, including a security guard and children aged 10-15, were killed, but the ages and identities of the deceased have not yet been confirmed by authorities.
Police later found the attacker dead in the school, having committed suicide.
‘According to preliminary data, the offender was armed with two pistols. His identity has not yet been established,’ Alexander Khinshtein, head of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, wrote on his Telegram channel.
Initial reports said a security guard died and ten children were wounded or killed in the No. 88 school in Izhevsk (pictured) – the capital of Russia’s Udmurt Republic
Video footage posted on the Telegram messaging app showed terrified children and a teacher cowering inside in a biology classroom as they hid from the gunman
Video footage posted on the Telegram messaging app showed terrified children and a teacher cowering inside in a biology classroom as they hid from the gunman.
An unnamed girl posted from inside the siege: ‘We are in biology class.
‘Moved from class to lab. The whole class is sitting and crying. They don’t tell us anything. Very scary.’
Another video saw children aged around nine or ten huddled in a classroom and crouched on the floor.
They can be heard whispering ‘Be Quiet!’ to each other.
Reports said school director Elena Semashko, 50, had locked herself and a wounded teenager in an office to avoid the attack.
The press service of the Ministry of Education stated that the head of the department, Sergei Kravtsov, has dispatched a delegation to the school in the wake of the attack to oversee the investigation.
Rescuers are seen carrying a wounded child on a stretcher to an ambulance outside of the school
A police van is pictured outside the school in Izhevsk
A major operation was underway from Russian law enforcement to break the siege, until it transpired that the gunman had shot himself in room number 403.
Once the attack was over, footage showed wounded children being taken out of the school to waiting ambulances.
One – with apparent wounds – was carried out on top of a school desk.
The school has 982 students and 80 teachers.
Many of those affected were first graders – seven years old – according to reports.
Governor of Udmurtia Alexander Brechalov said: ‘We’ve got everything deployed at school 88. Special services, ambulance are all there. I am at the site, I’ll be reporting all updates.
‘So far, an unidentified person entered the school, killed a guard, it is already known that there are victims among children and wounded. Now the evacuation has ended.
Brechalov later reported: ‘It is already known that a guard was killed, there are victims among children, wounded… The attacker shot himself.’
Izhevsk is the headquarters of the Kalashnikov weapons empire and the birthplace of the famed AK-47 assault rifle, among many other small arms used the world over.