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Active shooter kills one, wounds three at Moscow confectionary factory

December 27, 2017, 10:59 UTC+3

The suspect is currently roaming the factory’s premises and is putting up active resistance to law enforcement’s efforts to detain him

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MOSCOW, December 27. /TASS/. An active shooter has left one person dead and three others wounded at the Menshevik confectionary factory in southeastern Moscow, a law enforcement source told TASS on Wednesday.

"One person died in the shooting and three others were wounded," the source said.

According to preliminary data, "a former owner entered the factory, gunned down a security guard and is now roaming around the premises with weapons and is shooting," the source said.

Special units of Russia’s National Guard have entered the factory’s building, spokesman for the Interior Ministry’s press service, Yury Titov, said.

"The special forces are working inside the building and a mopping-up operation is underway. There are no hostages inside. The shooter's exact location has not been found," he said.

The spokesman said police officers, the National Guard and special services were taking steps to detain the gunman. "At the moment, one person is dead, there is no information on the wounded people," he said.

According to one of the witnesses from a nearby social center, guests at the confectionary factory were forced to leap out of windows when the former owner went on a shooting spree.

"People were stricken with panic. Some of them started jumping out of the second floor’s (windows) of the factory’s building," the woman said.

The shooting at the factory broke out over a conflict between the former owner and its current management, a spokesperson for Russia’s Investigative Committee, Yulia Ivanova, told TASS.

According to detectives, on Wednesday morning the factory’s former owner got into a heated argument with the current management. "After that, he took out his firearms and unloaded several shots, wounding a security guard, who died from the injury," she said.

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