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Belgorod shooter case sent to court

June 26, 2013, 10:50 UTC+3

Psychological and psychiatric examination has confirmed that he is healthy

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MOSCOW, June 26 (Itar-Tass) - The Prosecutor General's Office /PGO/ sent to a court the criminal case against the resident of the Belgorod who shot and killed six people in the center of the city on April 22. The "Belgorod shooter case" will be reviewed at the regional court, the PGO told Itar-Tass.

As Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told ITAR-TASS, psychological and psychiatric examination has confirmed that he is healthy.

“The defendant himself refused to testify in the investigation. It is not known what expected Pomazun, but we can already say that the testimonies are not needed. Experienced investigators of the Investigation Committee have conducted a thorough and diligent investigation, and it is worth noting that they brilliantly coped with the task. That’s why the lack of testimonies of the very shooter doesn’t actually matter,” noted the spokesperson of the investigation.

During the investigation were conducted more than 50 assessments, including genetic, trace evidence analysis, forensic, medical, ballistic, biological, and several others. Their results have helped to reconstruct the broad picture of what happened.

The motives for the shooting were determined by the investigation as “hooliganism.”

The Belgorod tragedy

On April 22, around 11 am Pomazun at home has opened a safe and stolen a self-loading rifle “Vepr-308” as well as at least 144 rounds of ammunition belonging to his father. On the same day at 14:20 Moscow time he arrived on a BMW at “Okhota (Hunting)” shop on the National (Narodny) boulevard in Belgorod, where he shot the two sellers and a visitor of the shop and stole two self-loading rifles “Tiger” and more than 250 rounds of ammunition of various calibers.

When he came out of the gun shop, Pomazun of hooliganism shot at bypassers. Two of them - a man and an underage girl died on the spot, another girl died on the same day in the hospital.

Pomazun hid with the stolen weapons and was arrested on the next day in the evening at the station "Belgorod". During the arrest, he struck at least four times with a knife a police officer, causing him injuries of moderate severity.

Pomazun is charged with "murder of two or more persons, including a minor, committing a socially dangerous way of hooliganism, concealing of another crime, illicit arms trafficking, theft of weapons and ammunition, ammunition theft committed with violence dangerous to life and health, murder attempt on a law enforcement officer.”

The representative of the Investigation Committee noted that the story of the Belgorod shooter clearly illustrates the consequences of unfettered access to weapons in Russia.

“This case can possibly enlighten those who support the idea of ​​ free circulation of arms. Because otherwise our country can be put on a par with others, where such tragic events occur much more frequently,” said Markin.

Sergei Pomazun, as previously reported, was before convicted of theft to 4 years and was released from prison only in December 2012.

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