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Gun attack deadly at Russian school

7 pupils among 9 fatalities; 19-year-old suspect arrested but little known of motive by The Associated. Press | May 12, 2021 at 3:57 a.m.
A woman cries near a school after a shooting in Kazan, Russia, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Writing on the wall reads "We grieve". Russian officials say a gunman attacked a school in the city of Kazan and Russian officials say several people have been killed. Officials said the dead in Tuesday's shooting include students, a teacher and a school worker. Authorities also say over 20 others have been hospitalized with wounds. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

MOSCOW -- A gunman attacked a school in the Russian city of Kazan that left at least nine people dead Tuesday -- including seven students -- and sent children hiding under their desks or running out of the building.

At least 21 others were hospitalized, six in extremely grave condition, authorities said.

The attacker, identified only as a 19-year-old, was arrested, officials said. They gave no immediate details on a motive.

But Russian media outlets said the gunman was a former student at the school who called himself "a god" on his account on the messaging app Telegram and promised to "kill a large amount of biomass" on the morning of the shooting.

"I was in the classroom when a man with a firearm broke into our classroom and just started shooting," said student Akhmat Khairulin. He said students hid under their desks at their teacher's direction, though one jumped out of a window.

Attacks on schools are rare in Russia, and President Vladimir Putin reacted by ordering the head of the country's National Guard to revise regulations on the types of weapons allowed for civilian use.

Four boys and three girls, all eighth graders, died, as well as a teacher and another school employee, said Rustam Minnikhanov, governor of the Tatarstan republic, where Kazan is the capital.

The teacher who died, Elvira Ignatyeva, had been an English instructor at the school for four years, the state news agency Tass reported.

Footage released by Russian media outlets showed students dressed in black and white running out of the building. Another video depicted shattered windows, smoke streaming out of one, and the sound of gunfire. Dozens of ambulances lined up at the entrance.

Russian media outlets said while some students were able to escape, others were trapped inside during the ordeal.

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"The terrorist has been arrested, 19 years old. A firearm is registered in his name. Other accomplices haven't been established. An investigation is underway," Minnikhanov said.

Authorities said the 21 hospitalized included 18 children.

Authorities announced a day of mourning today and canceled all classes in Kazan schools. Authorities tightened security at all schools in the city of about 1.2 million people, 430 miles east of Moscow.

The deadliest school attack in Russia took place in 2004 in the city of Beslan, when Islamic militants took more 1,000 people hostage for several days. The siege ended in gunfire and explosions, leaving 334 dead, more than half of them children.

In 2018, a teenager killed 20 people at his vocational school before killing himself in Kerch, a city in the Russian-annexed peninsula of Crimea. In the wake of that attack, Putin ordered authorities to tighten control over gun ownership. But most of the proposed legislative changes were turned down by the parliament or the government, the Kommersant newspaper reported.

Russian lawmaker Alexander Khinshtein said on Telegram that the suspect in the Kazan attack received a permit for a shotgun less than two weeks ago and that the school had no security aside from a panic button. Authorities did not specify what kind of gun the attacker used.

Authorities in Tatarstan ordered checks on all gun owners in the region.

Putin extended condolences to the families of the victims and ordered the government to give them all necessary assistance. Russian officials promised to pay families roughly $13,500 each and give $2,700-$5,400 to the wounded.

The Kremlin sent a plane with doctors and medical equipment to Kazan, and the country's health and education ministers headed to the region.

Children pray near a school after a shooting in Kazan, Russia, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Russian officials say a gunman attacked a school in the city of Kazan and Russian officials say several people have been killed. Officials said the dead in Tuesday's shooting include students, a teacher and a school worker. Authorities also say over 20 others have been hospitalized with wounds. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Children pray near a school after a shooting in Kazan, Russia, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Russian officials say a gunman attacked a school in the city of Kazan and Russian officials say several people have been killed. Officials said the dead in Tuesday's shooting include students, a teacher and a school worker. Authorities also say over 20 others have been hospitalized with wounds. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
A teddy bear and flowers with the poster reading "11.05.21 School # 175 Mourn" in memory of killed school students in Kazan at the Representation of the Republic of Tatarstan in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Russian officials say a gunman attacked a school in the city of Kazan and Russian officials say several people have been killed. Officials said the dead in Tuesday's shooting include students, a teacher and a school worker. Authorities also say over 20 others have been hospitalized with wounds. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
A teddy bear and flowers with the poster reading "11.05.21 School # 175 Mourn" in memory of killed school students in Kazan at the Representation of the Republic of Tatarstan in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Russian officials say a gunman attacked a school in the city of Kazan and Russian officials say several people have been killed. Officials said the dead in Tuesday's shooting include students, a teacher and a school worker. Authorities also say over 20 others have been hospitalized with wounds. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
In this photo released by Tatarstan Presidential Press Service, Russian police special unit near the scene at a school after a shooting in Kazan, Russia, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Russian media report that several people have been killed and wounded in a school shooting in the city of Kazan. Russia's state RIA Novosti news agency reported the shooting took place Tuesday morning, citing emergency services. (Tatarstan Presidential Press Service via AP)
In this photo released by Tatarstan Presidential Press Service, Russian police special unit near the scene at a school after a shooting in Kazan, Russia, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Russian media report that several people have been killed and wounded in a school shooting in the city of Kazan. Russia's state RIA Novosti news agency reported the shooting took place Tuesday morning, citing emergency services. (Tatarstan Presidential Press Service via AP)
Ambulances and police cars and a truck are parked at a school after a shooting in Kazan, Russia, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Russian media report that several people have been killed and wounded in a school shooting in the city of Kazan. Russia's state RIA Novosti news agency reported the shooting took place Tuesday morning, citing emergency services. (AP Photo/Roman Kruchinin)
Ambulances and police cars and a truck are parked at a school after a shooting in Kazan, Russia, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Russian media report that several people have been killed and wounded in a school shooting in the city of Kazan. Russia's state RIA Novosti news agency reported the shooting took place Tuesday morning, citing emergency services. (AP Photo/Roman Kruchinin)
People react at a school after a shooting in Kazan, Russia, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Russian officials say a gunman attacked a school in the city of Kazan and Russian officials say several people have been killed. Officials said the dead in Tuesday's shooting include students, a teacher and a school worker. Authorities also say over 20 others have been hospitalized with wounds. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
People react at a school after a shooting in Kazan, Russia, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Russian officials say a gunman attacked a school in the city of Kazan and Russian officials say several people have been killed. Officials said the dead in Tuesday's shooting include students, a teacher and a school worker. Authorities also say over 20 others have been hospitalized with wounds. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
People place lit candles on the ground to form the number 175 after a shooting at school No.175 in Kazan, Russia, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Russian officials say a gunman attacked a school in the city of Kazan and Russian officials say several people have been killed. Officials said the dead in Tuesday's shooting include students, a teacher and a school worker. Authorities also say over 20 others have been hospitalized with wounds. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
People place lit candles on the ground to form the number 175 after a shooting at school No.175 in Kazan, Russia, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Russian officials say a gunman attacked a school in the city of Kazan and Russian officials say several people have been killed. Officials said the dead in Tuesday's shooting include students, a teacher and a school worker. Authorities also say over 20 others have been hospitalized with wounds. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
Medics and friends help a woman board an ambulance at a school after a shooting in Kazan, Russia, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Russian media report that several people have been killed and four wounded in a school shooting in the city of Kazan. Russia's state RIA Novosti news agency reported the shooting took place Tuesday morning, citing emergency services. (AP Photo/Roman Kruchinin)
Medics and friends help a woman board an ambulance at a school after a shooting in Kazan, Russia, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Russian media report that several people have been killed and four wounded in a school shooting in the city of Kazan. Russia's state RIA Novosti news agency reported the shooting took place Tuesday morning, citing emergency services. (AP Photo/Roman Kruchinin)
People stand near a school with toys and flowers after a shooting in Kazan, Russia, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Russian officials say a gunman attacked a school in the city of Kazan and Russian officials say several people have been killed. Officials said the dead in Tuesday's shooting include students, a teacher and a school worker. Authorities also say over 20 others have been hospitalized with wounds. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
People stand near a school with toys and flowers after a shooting in Kazan, Russia, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Russian officials say a gunman attacked a school in the city of Kazan and Russian officials say several people have been killed. Officials said the dead in Tuesday's shooting include students, a teacher and a school worker. Authorities also say over 20 others have been hospitalized with wounds. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
A girl lays flowers near a school after a shooting in Kazan, Russia, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Russian officials say a gunman attacked a school in the city of Kazan and Russian officials say several people have been killed. Officials said the dead in Tuesday's shooting include students, a teacher and a school worker. Authorities also say over 20 others have been hospitalized with wounds. (AP Photo/Roman Kruchinin)
A girl lays flowers near a school after a shooting in Kazan, Russia, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Russian officials say a gunman attacked a school in the city of Kazan and Russian officials say several people have been killed. Officials said the dead in Tuesday's shooting include students, a teacher and a school worker. Authorities also say over 20 others have been hospitalized with wounds. (AP Photo/Roman Kruchinin)
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