Investigators say a swastika-wearing shooter opened fire at a school in Russia on Monday, killing 15 people, including 11 children, and injuring 24 others before turning the pistol on himself.
“Currently investigators…are conducting a search of his residence and studying the personality of the attacker, his views and surrounding milieu,” the committee said in a statement. “Checks are being made into his adherence to neo-fascist views and Nazi ideology.”
Authorities identified the assailant as Artem Kazantsev, a man in his early 30s, who shot and killed two security guards before turning his gun on pupils and teachers at Izhevsk’s School Number 88, where he had previously attended.
The investigation is being conducted by Russia’s Investigative Committee, which deals with serious offences, according to a statement. A video of the scene, which was shared by the investigators, showed the man’s body laying in a classroom with documents and furniture on the blood-stained floor. He wore just black clothing, and his t-shirt bore a crimson swastika drawn in a circle.
All but two of the 24 injured, according to the Investigative Committee, were minors. Several procedures had been performed, according to regional governor Alexander Brechalov.
He claimed that the assailant had a record with a “psycho-neurological” treatment centre. According to the investigators, the individual had two weapons and plenty of ammunition.
Seven children and two adults were slain by a juvenile gunman in Kazan in May 2021. At least six people were killed in September of last year at a university in the Urals city of Perm by a student who was carrying a hunting rifle.
At a kindergarten in the centre of Ulyanovsk area in April 2022, a gunman murdered two kids and a teacher before turning the gun on himself. A mass shooting at a college in the Russian-occupied Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014, resulted in the deaths of 20 individuals in 2018, most of whom were fellow students.