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Sergei Pomazun, a former convict who is the main suspect of a shooting on April 22, 2013 in Belgorod.

Sergei Pomazun, a former convict who is the main suspect of a shooting on April 22, 2013 in Belgorod.

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Sergei Pomazun, a former convict who is the main suspect of a shooting on April 22, 2013 in Belgorod.

Sergei Pomazun, a former convict who is the main suspect of a shooting on April 22, 2013 in Belgorod.

REUTERS

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Sergei Pomazun, a former convict who is the main suspect of a shooting on April 22, 2013 in Belgorod.

A MAN wanted for the massacre of six people in the Russian city of Belgorod was still on the run last night, as he evaded hundreds of police for the second day.

Sergei Pomazun is suspected of carrying out the shooting attack in the centre of Belgorod on Monday afternoon. He killed three people inside a weapons and hunting equipment shop, and then a further three passers by outside the store, using a hunting rifle. Two teenage girls were among the dead.

Pomazun then escaped from the scene in a car, which he later abandoned and continued on foot. Hundreds of police surrounded an apartment block on Monday night but he was able to evade them and there is now a suggestion that he might have been able to slip across the border to Ukraine. Russian authorities have offered an award of 3m roubles (€72,000) for information that leads to the arrest of the fugitive. Yesterday and today have been declared days of mourning in the region.

Russian media reported that the day before the massacre, Pomazun had visited the same shop and tried to buy bullets, but was rejected due to the fact that he has an extensive criminal record. He was released from a four-year jail term for robbery in December last year, according to Russian news sources. Angry at being unable to buy bullets at the shop, he said he would return and kill everyone, a threat which was not taken seriously. There is a rumour, unconfirmed, that the shop may have been owned by Pomazun's father.

Independent News Service