At least 9 people were killed after a gunman launched an attack on a school in Kazan, Russia on Tuesday.
The 9 dead people include 4 boys and 3 girls, all eighth-graders, a teacher and a female school employee at School No 175. 21 other people, inclusive of 18 children are hospitalized according to authorities for gunshot wounds, fractures and bruising.
The attack happened in the capital of the republic of Tatarstan, 820km east of Moscow, at about 09:20 local time (06:20 GMT).
Rustam Minnikhanov, governor of Tatarstan republic said a 19-year-old suspect locally named Ilnaz Galyaviev, was arrested with an investigation underway. Minnikhanov gave no further details.
A firearm is registered in the suspect’s name. Russian MP Alexander Khinshteyn said the suspect received a firearms licence only recently, saying it was for a semi-automatic shotgun.
Russian investigators say he is a Kazan resident and it is believed he once studied at the school.
According to Russian media, the gunman called himself “a god” on social media and promised to kill a large number of people before shooting himself on the morning of the shooting.
Russian leaders have condemned the attack calling it a major tragedy that happened rarely. Reacting to the attack, President Vladimir ordered the head of the country’s National Guard to revise regulations on the types of weapons allowed for civilian use.
A day of mourning has been announced for Wednesday and all classes canceled in Kazan schools.