According to authorities, a gunman wearing a swastika opened fire at a school in central Russia on Monday, killing at least 15 people, 11 of them children.
There were also 24 injured in the attack on School No. 88 in Izhevsk, the capital of Udmurtia and about 600 miles east of Moscow, according to Russia’s Investigative Committee (IC).
Udmurtia Gov. Alexander Brechalov said the attacker was registered at a psychiatric facility as a patient.
A video released by the Investigative Committee purportedly showed the gunman’s body in a classroom. There was a red swastika drawn on the T-shirt he was wearing, along with a balaclava covering his face.
In the video, all the gun magazines were emblazoned with “hate” in Russian.
As IC Chairman Alexander Bastrykin said in a statement, “I express my deep, sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of those who died in the cynical and ruthless attack on Izhevsk school.”
“There were children as young as two years old who lost their lives as well as adults in this monstrous crime. It’s a terrible tragedy, we all suffer a heavy loss.”
According to the Russian state news agency Tass, the gunman was armed with two pistols and a large supply of ammunition.
The attack was the latest in a string of recent school shootings in Russia.
An attack in Kazan last May resulted in the deaths of seven children and two adults.
In April, a man committed suicide after killing two children and a teacher at a kindergarten in Veshkayma, in the central Ulyanovsk region.
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- Swastika-wearing gunman kills 15, wounds 24 during school shooting in Russia NBC News
- At least 11 children among dead after gunman opens fire at school in Russia CNN
- Russia school shooting: At least 15 dead, 24 more injured after gunman opens fire Fox News
- Russia school shooting: 13 dead, 21 wounded WFAA
- Swastika-wearing ex-pupil kills 15 in Russian school shooting Reuters