2014 Moscow school shooting
On February 3, 2014, 15-year-old high school
student Sergey Gordeyev (also spelled as Sergei Gordeev; Russian:
Сергей Гордеев) opened fire at School No. 263 in Otradnoye
District, Moscow, Russia, killing a teacher. Gordeyev then took 29
students hostage, killed one police officer, and injured another.
Later on, he surrendered to the authorities. It is the second
school shooting in Russia's history, the first being the Beslan
school hostage crisis.
At around 11:40 a.m., Gordeyev, concealing his
weapons with a bag and fur coat, went to his school armed with a
Tikka T3 rifle and a small-caliber Japanese Browning BAR M1918
that belonged to his father, a police colonel.
He threatened the security guard and went to
his geography classroom, where he shot his teacher, 29-year-old
Andrey Kirillov (Russian: Андрей Кириллов), in the stomach, then
fatally shot him in the head upon seeing he was still alive.
After killing Kirillov, he then took the class
of 29 students hostage. Gordeyev then shot at responding police
officers in the school, wounding Warrant Officer Sergei Bushuyev,
38, and Senior Sergeant Vladimir Krokhin, 29; Bushuyev later died
at a hospital, while Krokhin survived a gunshot wound to the
About an hour after the shooting first started,
the Special Forces responded to the scene. Gordeyev initially
called his mother before the Special Forces called in his father
to negotiate with him. He initially spoke with Gordeyev on the
phone for fifteen minutes before being brought into the school
with a bulletproof vest to personally talk to him; thirty minutes
afterward, Gordeyev released the hostages. At around 1:00 p.m.,
Gordeyev surrendered to authorities and was captured. A Russian
report stated that a total of eleven shots were fired by Gordeyev
during the shooting.
Two people were killed in the shooting, while a
third was wounded. The victims are:
Andrey Kirillov, 29 (teacher, killed)
Warrant Officer Sergey Bushuyev, 38 (policeman, killed)
Senior Sergeant Vladimir Krokhin, 29 (policeman, wounded)
Russian President Vladimir Putin called this
incident a tragedy and asked to give one's attention to children's
education and gun control. He also told a Moscow Kremlin advisory
council on the arts and culture that "the new generation...needs
to be raised with good artistic taste and the ability to
understand and value the theatrical, dramatic and musical arts."
Criticism was also aimed at violent video games and exposure to
American culture. Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin later stated that
schools in Moscow have been set to be reviewed for security.
15-year-old Sergey Gordeyev was identified as
the perpetrator of the shooting. He attended School No. 263, was a
straight-A student, and was due to graduate with honors, being
described as a "model student" who set up "an example for the
whole school", but also "quiet". He reportedly had conflicts with
a geography teacher, believing that he was trying to interfere
with his graduation.
Reports initially stated that this teacher
wasn't Andrey Kirillov, but Kirillov was later identified as the
teacher Gordeyev had conflicts with. Russian Investigative
Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin later stated that Gordeyev was
suffering from an emotional disorder, while other students stated
that he had no previous apparent conflicts with other teachers and
Moscow teen kills two in rare Russian school shooting
By Ian Bateson and Maria Tsvetkova -
Mon Feb 3, 2014
A teenager described as a model student shot a
teacher and a police officer dead and took more than 20 of his
schoolmates hostage in a Moscow classroom on Monday, days before
Russia hosts the Winter Olympics under tight security.
The suspect was disarmed and detained about an
hour after the shootings after talking to his father, the owner of
the two rifles with which he forced his way into the school in
northern Moscow at midday.
The incident rattled nerves in a country on
high alert for Islamist militant violence as athletes and
spectators arrive for the Sochi Games, a prestige project that
will help shape President Vladimir Putin's legacy.
Putin, who says young Russians are suffering
from a moral vacuum left by the collapse of the Soviet Union in
1991, said the attack might have been avoided with better cultural
It is almost unheard-of for a student to attack
a school in Russia. A horrific assault in 2004 on a school in
Beslan in the North Caucasus, in which more than 330 people were
killed, was the work of Islamist separatists.
Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir
Markin said the Moscow student may have suffered an "emotional
The attacker knocked on the door of the 10th
grade class about five minutes after the start of a lesson, his
classmate Ivan Chekanov, one of the students who was held hostage,
told Reuters later on Monday.
"We were glad to see him at first - but then he
shot the geography teacher," Chekanov, 16, told Reuters. "He fired
the shot, then he got up onto the podium, laid out his rifles and
said he had 100 bullets and that he had come to die."
"WHY IS HE STILL ALIVE?"
"Andrei Nikolayevich (the teacher) was dripping
with blood, he had fallen but he was still alive," he said. (The
attacker) asked us: 'Why is he still alive? I killed him.'
Everyone was silent."
"He said, 'Well, guys, your answer gets a 'D',
and fired several more shots," Chekanov said by telephone.
The shooting sent dozens of other students
scurrying into the street in sub-zero temperatures while a police
helicopter landed in a snow-covered field outside and at least six
ambulances rolled up to the scene.
Officials said the assailant had also shot a
policeman responding to the incident, who died in hospital, and
that another policeman had been wounded.
The incident began around noon when the
attacker cocked a gun at a guard who tried to stop him entering
the school, the federal Investigative Committee said.
It said the guard had managed to press an alarm
button, bringing police to the school. "When the police entered,
the shooter opened fire at them, wounding one and killing
Markin said the assailant fired at least 11
His father was brought in and spent 15 minutes
talking to his son by phone before being given a bulletproof vest
and going into the classroom. His son began releasing students 30
minutes later, Moscow police chief Anatoly Yakunin said.
"Once all the students were released and he was
alone with his father, special forces ... seized the moment and
the 10th grader was neutralized and detained," Yakunin said.
Chekanov said the attacker had phoned his
mother from the classroom. "Then his father called, and he told
him where the geography room was, and to come unarmed."
"His father asked him what he had done, where
he had got the rifle," Chekanov said. "He got the weapons at home
and he got the ammunition from the dresser or the cabinet - he
answered something like that."
"HE WAS LIKE EINSTEIN"
A former classmate, Sakhobudin Tagoyev, said
the alleged attacker was a model student who in the past had "set
an example for the whole school".
"The teachers liked and respected him," Tagoyev
said in an exchange with Reuters online. "He was like Einstein."
But Tagoyev also said the alleged attacker was
quick to get nervous "if something did not work out for him ... or
if he got bad grades".
Russian media said the alleged assailant might
have been settling a score with the geography teacher. But Markin
said there were "no serious grounds" to suspect the attack was the
result of a personal conflict.
Putin told a Kremlin advisory council on the
arts and culture in Pskov that "the new generation ... needs to be
raised with good artistic taste and the ability to understand and
value the theatrical, dramatic and musical arts".
"And if this was done as it should be in our
country, maybe there would not be tragedies like the tragedy in
Irina Yarovaya, a pro-Kremlin lawmaker who
heads the security committee in the State Duma, put some blame on
"propaganda of aggression", such as violent computer games, but
also said access to guns should be tightened.
She said the punishment for legal gun owners
whose negligence enabled others to get their hands on weapons was
"infinitesimal". The maximum sentence for the offence is six
Duma international affairs committee head
Alexei Pushkov suggested Russia had embraced U.S. culture with
"Moscow school shooting: American movies and
domestic serials, full of violence, are producing results - now it
is like the USA here," he tweeted. "Is this what we wanted?"
(Additional reporting by Thomas Grove, Vladimir
Soldatkin and Gabriela Baczynska; Writing by Steve Gutterman;
Editing by Kevin Liffey)
Student gunman kills policeman and teacher in hostage takeover
of class of 20 students in school near Moscow
Pupil held students and a teacher hostage in a
He was detained after killing a policeman and teacher
The hostage-taker named as Sergey Gordeev, believed to be 16
Believed the pupil and teacher previously had a conflict over his
By Will Stewart and Tara Brady -
February 3, 2014
The 'straight-A' 16 year old Sergey Gordeev
sparked a nationwide security alert amid initial fears his attack
at his school near Moscow was a terrorist incident linked to the
Winter Olympics which open on Friday.
He held 24 pupils hostage for almost an hour,
and gunned down his teacher Andrei Kirillov, a married father with
two small children, apparently in revenge for unusually poor marks
in geography or biology.
He also shot and killed married policeman
Sergei Bushuev, 38, as he fired a volley of 11 shots at officers
surrounding the school.
Special forces troops were used to detain him
after his father urged him to put down his weapon.
The armed pupil and teacher previously had a
conflict over his marks.
This could have prevented the boy leaving
school with a 'gold' medal, say sources at the school.
A dramatic text message from a girl in
Gordeev's class to her mother during the terrifying siege read: 'A
machine gun. We are at school. He is shooting.
'Mama, aaaa-aa-aa. Save me! Its not a joke.
Mama. Its awful. He's gone mad. We are hostages on floor 1, room
Gordeev earlier brandished two rifles to as he
overpowered the security man at School Number 263 on the outskirts
of Moscow in what was initially seen as a terrorist attack.
Soon it became clear it was a disgruntled pupil
who had seized his father's guns to gain revenge on his
The rest of the school was evacuated as police
ordered the boy's father to call him on his mobile and demand he
spares his classmates' lives.
One teenage girl said: 'He shot the teacher in
the stomach. Then he wanted to make sure that he was dead, so he
fired another 'insurance' shot to the head.'
The father - believed to be a law enforcement
officer - then donned a bullet-proof jacket and negotiated with
his son the lay down the guns and surrender.
The move was seen as saving Russia from a
A student gunman has killed a policeman and
teacher after holding more than 20 students hostage in a school
Andrei Polipchuk, police spokesman, said: 'All
the students are alive, nobody is injured. The attacker is
arrested, he is identified.
'He is a student of this very school.'
Reports say the boy's father was involved in
persuading him to give himself up and prevent a school massacre.
'The father of the boy immediately came to the
school,' said a local official.
'Sergei Gordeyev was a straight-A student,'
said a spokesman for the Investigative Committee, equivalent of
'It appears that he had an emotional
Fellow students said he accused the teacher of
giving him low marks so threatening his chance to get a 'gold
medal' for academic performance.
'He persuaded the boy to put down his arms and
to let the children go.'
Psychologists are now working with the released
The dead policeman was named as Sergei Bushuev.
He died in an ambulance at the scene. A second
wounded officer was rushed to Sklifosovsky hospital in Moscow.
Another policeman was shot and injured.
'The person who took 20 people and a teacher
hostage is a student in the upper classes at the same school.
'He has been neutralised and all the students
have been freed,' Interior Ministry spokesman Andrei Pilipchuk
said on state TV.
'One policeman was fatally wounded during the
operation and died in hospital and a teacher at School No. 263 was
also killed,' he said.
The shooting sent dozens of students scurrying
out the school while a police helicopter landed in a snow-covered
It came with Russia in the global spotlight
four days before it hosts the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black
Sea resort city of Sochi.