School shootings are few and far between in Russia, making today's events in Moscow all the more jarring: A police officer and teacher are dead at the hands of a student gunman, who, allegedly armed with a rifle and hunting gun, took more than 20 students of School No. 263 hostage before being arrested. RT identifies the gunman as Sergey Gordeev by way of Russian publication Life News. RT reports that he had an issue with a geography teacher, and Kommersant reports the teacher interfered with the 15-year-old getting an academics-related gold medal. But a rep for Russia's Investigative Committee tells RIA Novosti the shooting was not tied to academics, and speculated that a nervous breakdown could be to blame.
In RT's telling, the straight-A student entered the school saying "I need the geography teacher," getting past the security guard by flashing his weapon. A classmate says Sergey entered his geography teacher's room and shot him "in the stomach, checked whether he was alive, and then carried out a control shot to his head"; the students in the room were then taken hostage. The guard phoned police; they were reportedly fired upon after approaching the classroom. A second officer was injured. Authorities say the shooter got off at least 11 shots before he was apprehended around 1pm local time. His father, who owned the weapons, reportedly "participated in the negotiations," per an Interfax source. (Read more school shooting stories.)