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Moscow school hostage drama: Armed student, dead victims identified

Published on Feb 3, 2014 11:24 PM
 
Interior Ministry members in uniform and other authorities gather outside a high school, where a student shot a teacher and police officer dead and held more more than 20 other students hostage, on the outskirts of Moscow, on Monday, Feb 3, 2014. A rifle-wielding student killed a teacher and a policeman on Monday in a Moscow school hostage drama that unfolded amid security jitters preceding this week's Sochi Winter Olympic Games. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (AFP) - A rifle-wielding student killed a teacher and a policeman on Monday in a Moscow school hostage drama that unfolded amid security jitters preceding this week's Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

Witnesses said the suspect - described as a "straight-A" pupil named Sergei Gordeyev - charged into School No. 263 and ordered a security guard to lead him to a specific classroom in the two-storey building on the northern outskirts of Moscow.

The hostage-taker then shot a 76-year-old geography teacher while roaming the school's hallways before bolting himself inside a room with about 20 terrified teenaged pupils and their biology instructor. The authorities said the suspect then took 11 shots from two small-calibre rifles at scores of police officers who had rushed to the scene.

Russia's Investigative Committee identified the victims as geography class teacher Andrei Kirillov and policeman Sergei Bushuyev.

 
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