Update: The man who opened firing from a shotgun in Kratovo village of Ramensky District here, killing four people was eliminated by the police and National Guard in the course of a special operation.
“The joint operation of the Interior Ministry and National Guard forces is over. The gunman has been eliminated,” reported Tass, quoting an official spokesperson.
Moscow: At least four people have been reported killed in a shooting incident in the village of Kratovo, southeast of Moscow, where a man barricaded himself in his house and opened fire on by-passers, seemingly at random.
At least five men and women were reportedly shot at by the gunman, named by neighbors as “Igor,” according to Russian media which says at least four people died from their injuries.
The local department of the Interior Ministry told RT in an earlier statement that, “According to preliminary reports, in the area of Kratovo a man born in 1967, from the territory of his household, started shooting at passers-by with a hunting rifle. As a result of gunfire several people were injured to varying degrees and were hospitalized.”
The house was immediately cordoned off and special forces from the Russian National Guard were deployed. A security source told RIA Novosti that the gunman, Igor also shot fire at security forces and also threw two grenades.
“On the territory of the house from which the shots were fired, two more dead bodies were found. This brings the total number of dead to four,” a police source told TASS.
The gunman managed to escape from the scene but police is searching him. According to the neighbour, Ignor was suffering from a mental condition.