Today Russia had its first school shooting ever at School No. 263 in Moscow. Student Sergei Gordeyev, armed with his father’s legally owned rifles is said to have shot and killed geography teacher Andrei Kirillov and a police officer. Gordeyev also took about 20 students hostage before releasing them and finally being arrested by police. So far no motive has been given.
If you’re thinking to yourself this is not Russia’s first school shooting you’re probably thinking of the Beslan hostage crisis in 2004 where 396 people were killed by armed terrorists.
I’m actually shocked that this is Russia’s first school shooting. In Russia citizens are allowed to own guns as long as their registered. In a country that size how have they gone this long without a school shooting? While I’m not an authority on Russian culture one could assume that the students in Russia probably don’t have near the false sense of entitlement of their American counterparts and their parents probably aren’t as oblivious to their children’s actions.
Since Gordeyev is a minor he is only looking at 10 years but then again it is Russia.
More on this as details become available and my schedule allows.
UPDATE 4/10/2014: The Russian courts have ruled that Gordeyev will be held in custody until at least August for now. Currently he is undergoing a psych eval.
UPDATE 4/27/2014: Early last week Gordeyev was ruled insane and will probably not face prosecution. Since this is Russia we’re talking about I can only imagine the conditions of mental health facilities. They may be worse than the prisons.
UPDATE 11/16/2015: The decision declaring Gordeyev insane has been overturned and will now face criminal prosecution.