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Izhevsk: Russia Mass School Shooting. 15 Dead, 24 Wounded

At least 15 people, including 11 children, were killed in a mass shooting at School #88 in Izhevsk in Central Russia. At least 24 other people, including 22 children were wounded in the Russian mass school shooting on Monday morning.  Reports say that the shooter then turned the gun on himself. He reportedly was wearing a swastika on his t-shirt. A search is currently underway at the shooter’s residence, and a criminal probe has been launched. (BNN Russia) Izhevsk is a city of around 640,000 about 600 miles east of Moscow in the Udmurtia region.

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The Izhevsk gunman was identified as Artyom (Artem) Kazantsev, 34, who was reportedly a former student at the school, and was a “registered” patient at a psychiatric facility, according to WSAV. Reports from NBC stated that 39 people were wounded, others stated 24.

Russia’s firearms laws are extremely strict. Police stated that Kazantsev used two non-lethal handguns adapted to use real bullets in his rampage. The guns were not registered with authorities.

Alexander Brechalov, the governor of the Udmurtia region, stated that guards, children, and teachers were killed in the attack.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described the shooting as “a terrorist act” and said Russian President Vladimir Putin has given all the necessary orders to the relevant authorities.

“President Putin deeply mourns deaths of people and children in the school, where a terrorist act took place,” Peskov told reporters Monday.

The school educates children between grades one and 11. It has been evacuated and the area around it has been cordoned off, the governor said.  AP

Do mass shootings occur in other countries? Moms Demand Action and other anti-gun groups claim they only occur in the United States. This incident in Izhevsk is not the only mass school shooting in Russia, it has happened before.

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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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