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A gunman killed at least 15 people, including 11 children, and wounded dozens in a school in Izhevsk, Russia, 600 miles east of Moscow. While wearing a shirt with a red swastika, 34-year-old Artyom Kazantsev opened fire at his alma mater, which teaches children ages six to 17. 

The gunman, who died by suicide, was registered with a psycho-neurological clinic. No official motive has been disclosed; however, two guns near his body contained the words Columbine, Dylan, and Eric, a suggested reference to the 1999 Columbine school shooting in the US. President Vladimir Putin, who has continued to frame the war in Ukraine as a fight against neo-Nazism, blamed the gunman’s neo-fascist views and Nazi ideology.

The shooting is not believed to be connected to recent violence spurred by Putin’s partial military mobilization order, including at least 17 attacks on military recruitment offices since the announcement. Russia has seen at least 13 mass shootings since 2020.