At least nine people, most of them children, were killed on Tuesday when a lone teenage gunman opened fire at a school. The spree started around 9.30am local time, sparking panic among students and teachers at the School No. 175 in Kazan, the capital of the Russian predominantly Muslim republic of Tatarstan.
SCMP Amateur footage on social media, apparently filmed from a nearby building, showed people escaping from the school by jumping from second- and third-floor windows, with sounds of gunshots echoing in the schoolyard.
Police said they detained the gunman approximately one hour after initial reports of shooting.
Seven of the dead were children in the eighth grade, Tatarstan regional leader Rustam Minnikhanov told reporters. He said two adults, including a teacher, also died.
Another 20 were hospitalised, including 18 children. Six of them were in intensive care, said Lazzat Khaidarov, a spokesman for the regional authorities. The ages of the injured people varied from between seven and 62.
The Interfax news agency, citing a nearby business college, identified the shooter as Ilnaz Galyaviev, who was enrolled at the Tatarstan University of Management but was expelled one month ago for poor academic performance.
Tatarstan leader Minnikhanov described the detained assailant as a “terrorist” and said the 19-year-old shooter had a licence to carry a firearm.
A source told Interfax that Galyaviev had been armed with a Turkish-made Hatsan escort shotgun, the same weapon used in a mass shooting at a college in Kerch in Russian-annexed Crimea in 2018.