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Charges brought against Moscow high school student in fatal shooting case

February 12, 2014, 11:05 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The teenager shot and killed a teacher and a police officer at a Moscow school on February 3
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MOSCOW, February 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Investigators have brought murder charges against the Moscow high school student who shot and killed two people earlier this month, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

The teenager was charged with two counts of murder, attempted murder and hostage taking, Markin said.

On February 3,  the student, armed with two rifles, forced a security guard to let him into the school building and entered a classroom of about 20 students, taking them hostage. He killed a geography teacher and then battled police officers responding to the crisis. One officer was killed and another wounded.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree awarding a policeman and a teacher killed and another policeman wounded in the Moscow school shooting with the Order of Valor.

Legislators have called for tougher gun control measures. Chairperson of the Committee for Security and Counteraction to Corruption in State Duma’s lower house of Russian parliament Irina Yarovaya called for restricting toughly the spread of arms in Russia and harsher control for keeping arms by its owners.

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