2014 Moscow school shooting

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School №263 in Moscow
2014 Moscow school shooting
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Location School № 263, Moscow, Russia
Date February 3, 2014 (2014-02-03)
c. 11:40 a.m.–c. 1:00 p.m.[1]
Target School No. 263
Attack type
School shooting, hostage taking, shooting spree
Weapons shotgun, rifle
Deaths 2[2]
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrator Sergey Gordeyev
Motive mental illness

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,[3] 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,[3] (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,[4] went to his school armed with a small-caliber rifle and shotgun that belonged to his father,[5] a police colonel.[6] 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.[1] After killing Kirillov, he then took the class of 29 students hostage.[7] 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.[1][8][2]

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.[1][2][9]


Two people were killed in the shooting, while a third was wounded. The victims are:[1]

  • 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.[10] 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.[2] Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin later stated that schools in Moscow have been set to be reviewed for security.[1]


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.[1][2][9][11] 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”.[11][12]

A medical examination confirmed that Gordeyev has symptoms of mental disorder (paranoid schizophrenia). The court sentenced him to involuntary treatment in a psychiatric hospital[13]. 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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  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Moscow school shooting: Policeman, teacher killed, hostages released". RT English. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Ian Bateson and Maria Tsvetkova (3 February 2014). "Moscow teen kills two in rare Russian school shooting". Reuters. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Sukhov, Oleg and Matthew Bodner. "First-Ever School Shooting Prompts Debate on Security." The Moscow Times. February 3, 2014. Retrieved on March 22, 2014. "Police officers evacuating children from School No. 263 in the Otradnoye district in northeast Moscow on Monday after a shooting at the"
  4. ^ "Школьник Сергей прятал оружие под шубой". 
  5. ^ "Student shoots, kills two at Moscow high school". 
  6. ^ Khazov-Kasia, Sergey (10 February 2014). "Школьный стрелок". The New Times. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Student gunman kills 2, briefly takes hostages at Russian school". 
  8. ^ "Student shoots, kills two at Moscow high school". 
  9. ^ a b Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Alla Eshchenko, CNN (3 February 2014). "Two dead after gunman takes students hostage in Moscow school". CNN. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  10. ^ Evgeniy Moruz/Daria Buyanova, Metro World News in Moscow (11 October 2014). "After deadly Moscow school shooting, Putin calls for emphasis on culture". Metro. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Student With Rifles Kills 2 in Standoff at Moscow School". The New York Times. 4 February 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2015 – via New York Times. 
  12. ^ "After deadly Moscow school shooting, Putin calls for emphasis on culture". Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. 
  13. ^ "Устроившего стрельбу в школе старшеклассника отправили на принудительное лечение" (in Russian). Interfax. 2015-03-03. Retrieved 2016-08-25.