Death toll climbs in Russian school shooting

More victims of school shooting in Udmurtia Republic died in hospital, bringing total to 17

Six adults and 11 children were killed in a school shooting in the town of Izhevsk in Russia’s Ural region of Udmurtia. The revised tally, which previously stood at 15 victims, was released by local authorities on Monday evening. The attack also injured more than 20 people, mostly children.

The rampage occurred early in the day when the suspect, identified only as a 34-year-old graduate, stormed the school. The man was wearing all-black clothing with Nazi symbols on it, graphic images circulating online suggest. The suspect was armed with two less-lethal semi-automatic pistols, illegally modified to use regular ammunition, according to Russian authorities.

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The suspect committed suicide after being confronted by law enforcement, while a large number of unused magazines, some with the word “Hate!” written on it, were found at the scene. According to Russian Education Minister Sergey Kravtsov, the suspect was a registered mental patient diagnosed with schizophrenia.

The Russian Investigative Committee has launched a criminal investigation into the mass shooting, seeking to establish the exact motives for the rampage and the source of the shooter’s weapons. The Republic of Udmurtia has announced a four-day mourning period to commemorate the victims of the attack.


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