The suspect of the devastating Russian school shooting has been identified as 19-year-old Ilnaz Galyaviev, a former student of the school. At least eight people were killed during the incident.
The gunman responsible for the deaths of at least eight people ― including seven school children ― and scores hospitalized in a devastating school shooting in Kazan, Russia, has been identified.
The suspect, Ilnaz Galyaviev, stormed School Number 175 on Tuesday morning, opening fire on the occupants. According to Rustam Minnikhanov, the president of the Tatarstan region, the seven students consisted of four boys and three girls.
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In addition, a school teacher and a worker died at the scene. About 21 people have been hospitalized, 18 of whom are students with six in critical condition. 19-year-old Galyaviev was seen pinned to the ground by the police.
The suspect was seen in a disturbing clip walking towards the school with a shotgun in one hand, and a bag later confirmed to be filled with explosives. He reportedly told the police after his arrest that he was “god” and hated everyone.
According to reports, the lone gunman graduated from the school four years ago. Samara reports that after his time in School Number 175, Galyaviev proceeded to the University of Management TISBI.
On April 28, about two weeks before the shooting, [Galyaviev] received a license for a smooth-bore rifle.
He majored in IT and was described as a good student who did well in school. However, things began changing at the start of 2021. The teenager started skipping classes and cutting off communication from those around him.
His colleagues at the school noted that the suspect stopped coming for exams and tests and was expelled from college by early April. Friends confirm that the young man got into a fight with his father after the expulsion and began living alone.
Before the attack, Galyaviev reportedly registered a Telegram channel where he opened up about his vile plans. The former pupil shared plans about killing a large number of people before taking his own life. He wrote:
“There should be no living creatures in the world, this is a mistake of the universe.”
On April 28, about two weeks before the shooting, he received a license for a smooth-bore rifle ―one of the cheapest guns in the market. He also had homemade bombs on him, which he confessed to learning about on the internet.
On the way to the gymnasium where the shooting took place, Galyaviev was seen waving his shotgun on the road, but passersby paid him no attention. He is set to undergo psychological and psychiatric examinations to assess his motive.
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