Twenty-three people remained in hospital on Wednesday following a school shooting in the Russian city of Kazan that killed nine people, including seven young people.
All 23 people were in stable condition on Wednesday morning, authorities said, although at least eight people – three adults and five children – were due to be transferred to Moscow for treatment.
A gunman attacked a school in Kazan, a city 700 kilometers east of Moscow on Tuesday morning, sending students to hide under their desks or run out of the building. Nine people – seven students and two school employees – were killed.
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The assailant, identified only as a 19-year-old, was arrested. Authorities gave no immediate details about a motive, but said he legally owned a gun.
Wednesday has been declared a day of mourning in Tatarstan, the Russian region of which Kazan is the capital, the funerals of the victims are expected to take place.
Russian media said the shooter was a former school student who called himself “a god” because of his Telegram messaging app account and promised to “kill a large amount of biomass” in the morning. of the shooting.
Attacks on schools are rare in Russia, and President Vladimir Putin has responded by ordering the head of the country’s National Guard to revise regulations on the types of weapons allowed for civilian use.
The deadliest school attack in Russia took place in 2004 in the city of Beslan, when Islamic militants held more than 1,000 people hostage for several days. The siege ended in gunfire and explosions, killing 334 people, more than half of whom were children.
In 2018, a teenager killed 20 people in his vocational school before committing suicide in Kerch, a city on the Crimean Peninsula, annexed by Russia. In the aftermath of the attack, Putin also ordered authorities to tighten control over gun possession. But most of the proposed measures were rejected by parliament or government.
Russian lawmaker Alexander Khinshtein said on Telegram that the Kazan attack suspect received a permit for a shotgun less than two weeks ago and the school had no security other than a button of panic. The authorities did not specify the type of weapon used by the attacker.
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Kazan officials said the school had a spokesperson for security during the day, and it was she who pressed the panic button, alerting law enforcement to the attack.
Russian officials have pledged to pay the families of those killed 1 million rubles (about $ 13,500) each and said the payments would be wired by day’s end on Wednesday.