A 14-year-old student opened fire in a classroom in Bryansk, Russia. Police said on Thursday that one girl died and five others were injured. Later she also shot herself and died. Among the injured, one student is in critical condition.
According to preliminary investigation information, the 14-year-old girl brought a pump-action shotgun to school. The news agency reported that the Russian investigative agency has stated that she fired bullets at her classmates.
Police informed that the injured children have been admitted to a medical unit for treatment.
Russian state-owned TASS reported that police said in a statement that they are investigating the motive and circumstances behind the horrific school shooting.
Police sources said that the girl brought the gun, which was registered in her father’s name, to school and committed the act. Investigators have not released the girl’s name. Her father has been taken into custody for questioning.
The shooting took place at Gymnasium No. 5 in the city of Bryansk, which is only approximately 100 km from the border with Ukraine. “An eighth-grade girl shot someone dead,” a student asked in the video. After the news broke, a large number of people gathered outside the school.
In 2021, a 19-year-old youth opened fire in a school in Kazan, killing 7 children and 2 adults. This was followed by the killing of 18 people at a school in Udmurtia last year.
Influence of foreign acts
Officials have blamed foreign influence for previous school shootings. Young Russians learn about similar shootings in America and other countries around the world online and on television. He has alleged that it is also conducted in his school.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed a review of gun control laws. Recently, the minimum age for buying a hunting rifle was raised from 18 to 21, and mental health checks were tightened.