Wednesday 26 November 2014

Man held over Russia shooting spree

Published 24/04/2013 | 10:26

Residents lay flowers at the the site of a shooting in the south-west Russian town of Belgorod (AP)
Residents lay flowers at the the site of a shooting in the south-west Russian town of Belgorod (AP)

Police have apprehended a man accused of killing six people in a shooting spree in south-west Russia earlier this week.

Police in the city of Belgorod said in a statement on Wednesday that they detained 31-year-old Sergei Pomazun outside a train station.

They said he injured a police officer with a knife while resisting arrest.

A man opened fire on Monday afternoon while attempting to rob a gun store, killing four employees.

He then started shooting on the street outside, killing a 14-year-old girl, before escaping in a car. A second girl, 16, later died in the hospital.

Police said that some 2,000 people were involved in the two-day-long operation to find the suspected shooter.

Russia's Investigative Committee said that Pomazun has refused to co-operate with officials.

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