A gunman with a swastika on his t-shirt killed 13 people, including seven children, and wounded more than 20 at a school in Russia on Monday before committing suicide.
The six adults who died, according to the commission, included teachers and security personnel. According to the report, 14 youngsters were among the 21 injured.
Russia’s Investigative Committee, which deals with serious crimes revealed that it was investigation into the attacker’s alleged neo-Nazi ties. It named him as Artem Kazantsev, a man in his early thirties, and said he was a graduate of the school.
“Currently investigators…are conducting a search of his residence and studying the personality of the attacker, his views and surrounding milieu,” the committee said in a statement.
“Checks are being made into his adherence to neo-fascist views and Nazi ideology.”
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said President Vladimir Putin “deeply mourns” the deaths. He described the incident as “a terrorist act by a person who apparently belongs to a neo-fascist organisation or group”.
Furthermore, he said that on Putin’s orders, doctors, psychologists, and neurosurgeons had been deployed to the shooting scene in Izhevsk.
Russia has also experienced several school shootings in the past. The last time such tragedy took place was in April 2022. The man killed two children and a teacher at a kindergarten in the central Ulyanovsk region before killing himself.