At least 11 people including children have been killed and several others injured after a gunman opened fire in a school in the Russian city of Kazan, said a report, citing the emergency services ministry.
Distressing video footage filmed by an onlooker that was circulated by the RIA news agency, two children could be seen jumping from the third floor of the four-story School Number 175 while gunshot sounds could be heard.
It is still not yet clear whether one or more gunmen were involved and that one 19-year-old gunman had been detained. Video footage making rounds on social media showed a young man being pinned to the ground outside the school building by a police officer. It also showed emergency service vehicles parked outside the school, with people running towards the building.
Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov told reporters outside the school: “The terrorist has been arrested. He’s 19. He’s a registered firearm owner.”
In Russia, school shootings are rare and one of the last major shootings of this kind took place in Russian-annexed Crimea in 2018 when a student at a college killed 19 before turning his gun on himself, said a Reuters report.
Evacuation of the building is underway, while some students jumped out of windows, the TASS news report added. An eyewitness told the news agency the attackers had carried out an explosion and then went on a shooting spree.
Police have opened an investigation. However, the motive behind the attack is also not known yet.