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Russia shooting: Belgorod suspect Sergei Pomazun caught

  • 24 April 2013
  • From the section Europe
Sergei Pomazun
The manhunt for Sergei Pomazun lasted over 24 hours

A gunman suspected of shooting six people dead in the western Russian city of Belgorod on Monday has been captured, Russian police have said.

Sergei Pomazun, 31, was detained after being caught trying to flee the city on a freight train.

The manhunt lasted more than 24 hours and involved over 2,000 police.

Mr Pomazun is believed to have shot dead three people in a hunting shop and three passers-by. He is said to have wounded a policeman during his capture.

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When captured Mr Pomazun was quoted by AFP news agency as saying: "I didn't shoot children. I was shooting at hell."

Investigators said that he took a hunting rifle belonging to his father and stole at least one more gun from the store.

He already has several convictions and was last released from prison in 2012. According to AFP, his parents had recently called police twice about their son's aggressive behaviour.

The victims of Monday's attack included two schoolgirls, aged 14 and 16.

Belgorod observed a day of mourning on Tuesday.

If convicted for the attacks, Mr Pomazun could face life imprisonment.

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