MOSCOW — Gunfire and explosions erupted at a college in central Russia on Tuesday, killing seven college students and two college workers, in keeping with witnesses and officers who blamed an adolescent for the uncommon mass capturing within the nation.
Inside hours, President Vladimir V. Putin mentioned he had ordered a tightening of Russia’s already restrictive legal guidelines on civilian possession of weapons, a transfer that’s prone to be applied within the nation’s top-down political system.
“The factor is that firearms, that are used as assault rifles and comparable weapons in sure nations, are typically registered as searching weapons,” mentioned the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitri S. Peskov. “The Russian Nationwide Guard will urgently think about the problem.”
In a scene of mayhem captured on cellphone movies, college students jumped from home windows and ran as photographs rang out and the police and ambulances raced to the varsity in Kazan, a provincial capital about 450 miles east of Moscow.
College students and lecturers within the higher flooring of the varsity barricaded themselves in school rooms and waited for assist, mentioned Vyacheslav Yegoshin, a 15-year-old who witnessed the capturing from exterior the constructing as a result of he was late for varsity Tuesday morning.
“It was scary, and everyone was crying,” Mr. Yegoshin mentioned in a phone interview.
A regional governor, Rustam Minnikhanov, mentioned seven college students, one instructor and an worker of the varsity whose job he didn’t specify, had died and greater than 20 individuals had been wounded. The wounded ranged in age from 7 to 62. Mr. Minnikhanov mentioned a 19-year-old suspect was in custody.
Russia has strict legal guidelines governing civilian gun possession. Candidates for a firearm’s license should cross psychological exams and personal a smoothbore shotgun for a trial interval earlier than acquiring a rifle. Pistol possession is extra tightly managed, largely restricted to these, reminiscent of retiring army officers, who’re given a pistol as an award for his or her service.
On Tuesday, Mr. Putin ordered the pinnacle of the company regulating gun possession, the Russian nationwide guard, to draft new guidelines.
The order requested for a “swift understanding of recent positions in regards to the kinds of weapons that may be in civilian circulation, will be within the fingers of the inhabitants,” Mr. Peskov mentioned.
A member of Russia’s Parliament, Aleksandr Khinshtein, mentioned the attacker had obtained a gun license on April 28 and had used a pump-action shotgun within the assault.
The Russian federal authorities despatched a aircraft from Moscow with medics and psychologists to assist deal with the kids who had been within the grade-one-through-11 college, referred to as Gymnasium No. 175. The well being and schooling ministers additionally flew to Kazan.
Footage posted on social media described as scenes from inside the varsity after the capturing confirmed doorways torn from their frames and particles within the hallways. It was not clear whether or not the doorways had been ripped out throughout the assault or throughout the safety service operation in opposition to the shooter.
In the newest comparable mass capturing — in 2018 at a school in Kerch, a city in Russian-occupied Crimea — 21 individuals had been killed and 50 had been wounded. Different much less deadly incidents in faculties and faculties adopted, together with a number of assaults with air weapons and an assault with an ax in Ulan-Ude, a metropolis in Siberia, that wounded a instructor.
In response, Nikolai Patrushev, the director of Russia’s Nationwide Safety Council, in 2019 blamed unrestricted entry to the web for youngsters, saying that it “destructively influences the consciousness and habits of scholars” by exposing them to violent content material.
Mr. Putin didn’t instantly name for stricter gun legal guidelines after the sooner shootings.
Oleg Matsnev contributed reporting.