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High-school student opens gunfire at Moscow school

One police officer and a teacher shot dead

MOSCOW, February 3. /ITAR-TASS/. A high-school student went on a shooting spree in one of Moscow’s public schools on Monday. According to latest data, one police officer and a teacher have been shot dead.

The offender was in one of the high-school classes with over 20 students and a teacher.

Moscow police reported that all students and teachers of other classes were set free and evacuated by police officers, as the criminal keeping schoolchildren hostages has been neutralized. The teenager has been detained, and investigators are currently working with him.

Earlier, the Interior Ministry reported that the gunman was a parent of one of the students. “According to preliminary data, an armed man, reportedly father of one of the school’s students, broke into Moscow’s school #263, applying force against the guards,” the Interior Ministry’s press service reported.

Head of Russia’s Interior Ministry Vladimir Kolokoltsev and head of Russia’s Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin arrived to the site of the incident.

The situation in Moscow’s school #263 is under personal control of Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, his spokesperson Gulnara Penkova told journalists. She added that all necessary instructions are given in order to coordinate the work of all city’s services in resolving the situation.

The school building is cordoned off by a dense ring of police. About 30 police and emergencies cars, fire brigades and ambulances are located on the Otradnaya Street. On the site of emergency, a united operational headquarters has been deployed. Passers-by and parents of the schoolchildren are gathering near the school. A heliambulance of Russia's EMERCOM has landed in the school's area.

Upon the incident, a criminal case on hostage taking and attempt on police officer has been filed.