Six dead in Russia shooting spree

Moscow, April 23 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Six people have been shot dead in Belgorod city in southwest Russia, police said.

Police said an assailant opened random fire Monday afternoon, before fleeing in a vehicle in which he had arrived at the scene.

State-run Rossiya 24 TV channel said the assailant was armed with a rifle and had begun shooting on the street before moving into a nearby store.

The car was later found by police, who identified the suspect as a man of around 30 years of age with a criminal record.

Special forces officers were deployed to the address the suspect is believed to be holed up at, a law enforcement source told RIA Novosti.

Police and the city administration said a 14-year-old girl was among the dead, five of whom died at the scene of the attack. The sixth victim died shortly after in hospital.

Media reports suggested a second suspect was involved in the attack, but this was not confirmed by police.

The attack comes some six months after a Moscow lawyer shot dead six people in the Russian capital in what was believed to have been his violent response to the end of a romance.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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