Bryansk, Russia – A 14-year-old girl opened fire at her school today, killing one fellow pupil and injuring five others before taking her own life. The incident has sent shockwaves through the community and raised questions about access to firearms in Russia.
According to investigators, the girl brought a pump-action shotgun to school and fired at her classmates. While the motive for the shooting is still unclear, authorities are actively investigating the case.
Regional governor Alexander Bogomaz expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and called the incident a “terrible tragedy.” He also confirmed that the five injured individuals are receiving medical attention for mild to moderate injuries.
News outlets published images of the scene, including one showing the deceased shooter lying on the floor. Reports indicate she was also carrying a hunting knife.
The incident has sparked discussions about gun control in Russia. Although firearms are typically tightly regulated, Bryansk is located in a region that has witnessed increased militarization due to the ongoing war in Ukraine. This raises concerns about the potential for individuals to acquire weapons through non-traditional means.
Authorities are committed to determining how the student obtained the gun and brought it onto school grounds. They are also working to provide support to the families affected by this tragedy.
Russia has unfortunately seen several school shootings in recent years. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the victims, their families, and the entire Bryansk community as they grapple with this unimaginable loss.