Four dead including two young children after 26-year-old shooter is unleashed in a nursery in Russia
A kindergarten teacher, a pensioner and two children aged five and six were shot dead by a gunman who opened fire on Tuesday at a nursery in Russia’s central Ulyanovsk region.
The shooter, who has been identified as 26-year-old Ruslan Akhtyamov, went on a rampage killing his neighbor Alexander Dronin, 68, before attacking Ryabinka’s nursery in Ulyanovsk’s Veshkayma settlement.
Teacher Olga Mitrofanova was killed as she heroically tried to prevent Akhtyamov from entering the premises, and the children were mercilessly shot as they cowered under their sheets.
The deceased children were later named in full as five-year-old Vladimir ‘Vova’ Krylov and six-year-old Ekaterina ‘Katya’ Sosnova.
Images which MailOnline chose not to publish due to their gruesome nature showed the bodies of Akhtyamov’s child victims in pools of blood, with their remains splattered on the walls.
The shooter finally ended the killing by shooting himself in the head.
Footage posted on Telegram showed his lifeless corpse sprawled on a bed with a gaping hole in his face.
A nanny, Elena Karpova, 52, also suffered an arm injury and is in stable condition in hospital according to local officials.
The gunman, who had a hunting license, entered the kindergarten during siesta time and fired a Soviet-era double-barreled shotgun, an IZH-27.
There was no guard on duty.
Ruslan Akhtyamov, 26 (pictured), killed his neighbor Alexander Dronin, 68, before attacking the Ryabinka nursery in the settlement of Veshkayma in the Ulyanovsk region with a shotgun. He killed teacher Olga Mitrofanova, Vova, 5, Katya, 6, and injured nanny Elena Karpova, 52.
Pictured: An unconfirmed image of the scene outside the nursery where the shooter opened fire
The suspect’s father identified his son (pictured) as the shooter behind the nursery massacre
“A man with a gun entered the nursery in the village of Veshkayma during the ‘quiet hour’, shot two children and a teacher, then committed suicide,” the source told Interfax.
“According to initial information, there was a shooting in a nursery. As a result, two children, a teacher and the attacker died,” said the head of the information department of the Ulyanovsk region, Dmitry Kamal.
He said investigators were working at the scene to establish further information.
A law enforcement source told TASS news agency that the shooting could be the result of a “domestic dispute”.
The shooter had a hunting license and legally purchased the gun he used in the attack, authorities said.
“The man had all the necessary documents and licenses for the IZH-27 pistol. He was a hunter and purchased the gun legally,” an informed source said.
The motivations of the attacker are not yet known, although the shooter is not believed to have been linked to the children.
The child victims also have different surnames and do not appear to have been related outside of the nursery.
Akhtyamov lived on the same street as Ryabinka’s nursery and was known to often go hunting with his neighbor Dronin, who was also a hunter.
A nanny, Elena Karpova, 52, also suffered an arm injury and is in stable condition in hospital according to local officials
The suspect’s father identified his son as the shooter behind the kindergarten massacre.
Akhtyamov lived on the same street as the Ryabinka nursery and was known to often go hunting with his neighbor Dronin, who was also a hunter.
Dronin’s body was found next to his car with gunshot wounds.
“I express my sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims. This is an irreplaceable loss for all of us,” regional governor Alexei Russkikh said in a statement.
Investigators have opened a criminal investigation into the incident, the Russian Investigative Committee said.