Kazan, Russia: This morning 19-year-old Ilnaz Galyaviev opened fire in a school leaving 7 eighth-grade students, 1 teacher, and 1 school employee dead and at least 21 more hospitalized with injuries. Of those hospitalized, 18 are children and six of those are in intensive care.
"The terrorist has been arrested, 19 years old. A firearm is registered in his name. Other accomplices haven't been established. An investigation is underway," Rustam Minnikhanov, the governor stated.
According to the Guardian, the children injured or killed in the attack range in ages between 7 and 14 years old.
The teacher has been identified as 26-year-old Elvira Ignatieva, an English teacher that had worked at the school for four years.
Classes have been canceled tomorrow in Kazan and a day of mourning was announced.
Galyaviev, born on September 11, 2001, was a graduate of the school who had gone on to study programming at a Kazan college but had dropped out last month.
On an Telegram account created May 4, 2021 without any followers, Galyaviev is said to have called himself 'god.' On May 6, he posted a statement claiming to be god. This morning before the shooting he is alleged to have posted a comment stating, "Today I am going to kill a huge amount of bio-trash and shoot myself. You are all f***ed."
The Tatar Inform reports that Galyaviev's father stated that his son had undergone an unspecified "brain treatment" three years ago.
In a clip broadcast on state television, according to Reuters, Galyaviev is seen in police interrogation stating that he had "realized I was God two months ago... during the summer a monster awoke in me" and that he then began to hate everyone.