2014 Moscow school shooting
|2014 Moscow school shooting|
|Location||School № 263, Moscow, Russia|
February 3, 2014 |
c. 11:40 a.m.–c. 1:00 p.m.
|Target||School No. 263|
|School shooting, hostage taking, shooting spree|
On February 3, 2014, 15-year-old high school student Sergey Gordeyev (also spelled as Sergei Gordeev; Russian: Сергей Гордеев) opened fire at School No. 263 in Otradnoye District, Moscow, Russia, killing a teacher. Gordeyev then took 29 students hostage, killed one police officer, and injured another. Later on, he surrendered to the authorities. It is the first school shooting in Russia's history, (the 2004 Beslan school siege is considered a terrorist attack).
At around 11:40 a.m., Gordeyev, concealing his weapons with a bag and fur coat, went to his school armed with a small-caliber rifle and shotgun that belonged to his father, a police colonel. He threatened the security guard and went to his geography classroom, where he shot his teacher, 29-year-old Andrey Kirillov (Russian: Андрей Кириллов), in the stomach, then fatally shot him in the head upon seeing he was still alive. After killing Kirillov, he then took the class of 29 students hostage. Gordeyev then shot at responding police officers in the school, wounding Warrant Officer Sergei Bushuyev, 38, and Senior Sergeant Vladimir Krokhin, 29; Bushuyev later died at the scene, while Krokhin survived a gunshot wound to the shoulder.
About an hour after the shooting first started, the Special Forces responded to the scene. Gordeyev initially called his mother before the Special Forces called in his father to negotiate with him. He initially spoke with Gordeyev on the phone for fifteen minutes before being brought into the school with a bulletproof vest to personally talk to him; thirty minutes afterward, Gordeyev released the hostages. At around 1:00 p.m., Gordeyev surrendered to authorities and was captured. A Russian report stated that a total of eleven shots were fired by Gordeyev during the shooting.
Two people were killed in the shooting, while a third was wounded. The victims are:
- Andrey Kirillov, 29 (teacher, killed)
- Warrant Officer Sergey Bushuyev, 38 (policeman, killed)
- Senior Sergeant Vladimir Krokhin, 29 (policeman, wounded)
Russian President Vladimir Putin called this incident a tragedy and asked to give one's attention to children's education and gun control. He also told a Moscow Kremlin advisory council on the arts and culture that "the new generation...needs to be raised with good artistic taste and the ability to understand and value the theatrical, dramatic and musical arts." Criticism was also aimed at violent video games and exposure to American culture. Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin later stated that schools in Moscow have been set to be reviewed for security.
15-year-old Sergey Gordeyev (born 4 October 1998) was identified as the perpetrator of the shooting. He attended School No. 263, had a very good reputation, and was due to an excellent record being described as a "model student" who sets up "an example for the whole school".
Concerning a motive of shooting, first, there arose two versions. According to the most sound (but later rejected) one, Gordeyev opened fire from revenge against the geography teacher who was trying to interfere with his planned graduation with honors – and Kirillov was fixed upon as the teacher Gordeyev had conflicts with. Another version suggested that Gordeyev was suffering from an emotional disorder, and had no previous apparent conflicts with either teachers or fellow pupils although some described him as “strange”.
A medical examination confirmed that Gordeyev has symptoms of mental disorder (paranoid schizophrenia). The court sentenced him to involuntary treatment in a psychiatric hospital. Later, the court also obliged the parents of Gordeyev to pay certain sum of money in support of the son of the killed teacher.
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