12 Killed in Azerbaijan School Shooting

13 wounded; gunman kills self
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 30, 2009 6:32 AM CDT
A map showing the location of the shooting.   (Y. Yajima)
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(Newser) – A gunman opened fire at Azerbaijan's prestigious oil industry academy today, killing 12 and wounding 13 before turning the gun on himself. The suspect, Georgian citizen Farda Gadyrov, entered the Azerbaijan State Oil Academy in Baku and climbed five floors of the building, shooting everyone he met along the way, said a government statement. Gadyrov then shot and killed himself when he saw police approaching.

The statement mentioned no motive for the attack. TV footage showed victims lying face down in the corridors, apparently dead, with blood seeping onto the floor. Students carried others out of the building; photographs showed helpers bandaging wounds. "We were in an exam, we heard gunshots, we went out of the classroom in panic and saw a gunman opening fire on everyone," a student told TV news. "Everywhere was covered in blood.”