A gunman opened fire on Tuesday in an administrative center in Moscow, killing at least two and injuring four, Russian authorities in the capital said.
"A tragedy took place," wrote Mayor Sergei Sobyanin on his Twitter account, specifying that "the killer" had been arrested.
On his Twitter account, the mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin, announced that a shooting had caused the death of two people in the Russian capital.
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According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of the Interior, Irina Volk, the assailant is "a 45-year-old Muscovite" who was caught and put "out of harm's way" by an official present on the spot.
An investigation has been opened for murders.
No details were given, for the moment, on the motivations of the shooter.
A 10-year-old child injured and in serious condition
The crime scene, a center that welcomes the public for administrative procedures, is located in the south-east of Moscow, in the Riazansky district.
According to the deputy mayor of Moscow, Anastassia Rakova, the assailant broke into it at 3 p.m. local time and opened fire in the reception, killing a security guard and an employee.
While a previous assessment reported three injured, the deputy mayor said the number of injured was now four: two women, a man and a 10-year-old child.
"They are all four in the process of being operated", continued Anastassia Rakova, specifying that they were in a "serious state", according to a statement published on the Telegram messenger.
Five ambulances were dispatched to the scene.
Shootings in public places have long been rare in Russia, but such tragedies have increased, leading to a recent tightening of arms laws ordered by President Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Poutine has even denounced in the past a phenomenon imported from the United States, a perverse effect of globalization.
Educational sites in particular have paid a heavy price this year.
The latest tragedy, a student killed six people and left at least 28 injured in a September 20 shooting at Perm State University, a city in central Russia, before being wounded by a policeman and stopped.
His only motivation, according to his writings, was to kill.
He had a license to carry weapons.
Access to the carrying of arms already reinforced by Putin
Before that, on May 11, 2021, a 19-year-old man opened fire at his old school in Kazan, in the Russian republic of Tatarstan, also in central Russia, killing nine.
The perpetrator of this attack was also arrested.
He also had a license for a semi-automatic weapon.
According to investigators, he was an imbalance who claimed to be a god.
The same day, Vladimir Poutine had ordered a review of the rules concerning the carrying of weapons, leading to a hardening in the matter.
With these reforms, the age for acquiring hunting weapons was raised from 18 to 21, as was already the case for conventional weapons, and a reinforced medical examination was introduced.
The deadliest shooting in recent Russian history dates back to October 2018, when a high school student killed 19 people before killing himself at a high school in Kerch, a town on Russia's annexed Crimean peninsula of Ukraine. .