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Four wounded after teenager opens fire in Moscow suburban school

September 05, 12:15 UTC+3

A student, born in 2002, threw smoke bombs in a classroom and opened fire from an air gun

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MOSCOW, September 5. /TASS/. Four people were hospitalized after a teenager opened fire in a school in Ivanteyevka, in the Moscow region, and threw smoke bombs, the Interior Ministry’s main department told TASS.

"According to preliminary information, today in one of schools in the Ivanteyevka village, in the Moscow region, a student, born in 2002, threw smoke bombs in a classroom and opened fire from an air gun. Four people have been hospitalized," the spokesman said.

A law enforcement source said three children and a teacher were among those wounded.

The teenager has been taken to a police station and officers are questioning him. "All circumstances of the incident are being investigated," police said. According to one of theories, the incident occurred after a conflict between the student and a female teacher or his classmates.

Police evacuated children and cordoned off the school number 1. The school’s building has been closed. "Children have been sent home. The school won’t work today. The classes will resume tomorrow," the administration said. Investigators are working on the scene.

A police source said the student had been preparing for the attack for a long time. He posted photos with weapons on his account in a social network and also web links related to the orders of axes, and wrote: "Delete my life" with the date of September 5. In April, the teenager posted comments on the 1999 Columbine High School massacre in Colorado, saying that this incident made him have tragic and suicidal thoughts.

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