A 14-year-old girl opened fire Thursday in a school in Bryansk, a city in southwest Russia, killing a classmate before committing suicide, investigators announced in a statement.
“A 14-year-old girl came to school with a shotgun, shooting at her classmates” and killing one of them, said the statement from the Investigative Committee of Russia.
According to the Bryansk police, the shooter “committed suicide”. Five people were injured.
“The motives and circumstances” of the tragedy are being established, the police said.
“A terrible tragedy occurred today in school number 5 in Bryansk. One of the students brought a gun with her into the school,” the regional governor wrote on Telegram, Alexandre Bogomaz.
According to him, all five injured are children who were hospitalized.
Ambulances in front of school number 5 in Bryansk where a teenage girl opened fire on her classmates, December 7, 2023 in Russia / Alexander Chernov / Kommersant Photo/AFP
Once extremely rare, fatal shootings, particularly in schools, have tended to become more numerous in Russia in recent years, to the point that President Vladimir Putin was alarmed, seeing it as a phenomenon imported from the United States and a perverse effect. of globalization, which led it to toughen legislation on the carrying of weapons.
In September 2022, a shooting in Izhevsk, central Russia, left 18 people dead.
And in 2021, a 21-year-old attacker killed nine people at a school in Kazan, Tatarstan.