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Investigators seek arrest of teenager involved in fatal Moscow school shooting

February 04, 2014, 18:57 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Criminal proceedings were opened over hostage taking, murder and attempted murder of law-enforcement personnel
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People mourn Moscow school shooting victims

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MOSCOW, February 04. /ITAR-TASS/. Investigators have asked Moscow's Basmanny court to arrest the teenager who took hostages at city school #263 and shot and killed two people and wounded one on Monday.

The suspect was masked as he was convoyed to the court by special task force police. At the beginning of the hearing the investigator said the high school student should be placed under arrest. In accordance with the law, his name cannot be disclosed because of the gravity of the crime he committed.

Criminal proceedings were opened over hostage taking, murder and attempted murder of law-enforcement personnel.

After the judge confirmed the identity of the suspect, the investigator requested hearing in camera, and all the parties to the trial supported his position. Several dozen reporters who had come to the court to cover the case were asked to leave.

The investigator said the teenager had come to school #263 carrying two rifles. The guard at the entrance tried to block his way, but the youngster racked the slide to threaten him. The guard pressed the panic button before he was forced to accompany the youngster to the classroom where his classmates were.

In the classroom, the pupil shot at geography teacher Andrei Kirillov, 30, killing him instantly. Then he shot at police officers called to the scene by the guard, wounding Senior Sergeant Vladimir Krokhin and killing Ensign Sergei Bushuyev.

At a city government meeting on Tuesday, Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin ordered a sweeping check into how city schools met security requirements.

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