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Belgorod: Five dead in western Russia shooting

2013-04-22 17:24:31

A gunman has shot dead five people - including a 14-year-old girl - in the western Russian city of Belgorod, local officials say.

The attacker killed three people inside a hunting shop and two passers-by on the street, and then fled in a car.

The abandoned vehicle - a BMW - was later found by the police.

The officials believe the shooting was an attempted robbery. Latest reports in the Russian media suggest there may have been two gunmen.

The shooting began at about 14:00 local time (10:00 GMT) in the shop in the city centre.

Russian news agencies later posted photos of the bodies lying on the street near the Okhota (Hunt) shop and a crowd of onlookers gathered nearby.

Local media are also quoting Belgorod police as saying the gunman is a 31-year-old city resident who was released from prison last year.

The suspect is currently being hunted by the police, amid reports that he may be hiding at a local car market.


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