Ambulances and police cars and a truck are parked at a school after a shooting in Kazan, Russia, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Russian media report that several people have been killed and wounded in a school shooting in the city of Kazan. Russia’s state RIA Novosti news agency reported the shooting took place Tuesday morning, citing emergency services. (AP Photo/Roman Kruchinin)
UPDATED 7:33 AM PT – Tuesday, May 11, 2021
There’s developing news out of Russia where multiple people are dead and several others are injured after a school shooting. According to reports, an explosion was heard inside the school before gunshots were fired.
Authorities said a gunman opened fire at a school in Kazan Tuesday, killing at least seven people and leaving more than 16 others hospitalized. Among them were 12 children, four of whom are in intensive care.
Authorities have arrested the 19-year-old suspect and an investigation is underway. Russian media pointed to the shooters Telegram messaging app, where he had allegedly promised “to kill a large amount of biomass.” His account has since been removed by the app.
“Our hearts and minds are with parents of perished and wounded children, and the residents of this beautiful and open-minded city,” stated Dmitry Polyanskiy, First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia. “We need to analyze how we got there and move forward.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed assistance to the victims’ families monetarily. He also advised the chief of the country’s National Guard to look into revisions for gun ownership for civilians.
More information will become available as the situation further develops.