More than 20 gunshots were fired at a court in the Moscow region in Russia on Tuesday, injuring several people.
Early reports indicate that three people have been killed and four have been wounded.
According to Reuters, four people standing trial in a Moscow court were killed on Tuesday, August 1 in a gunfight that broke out in the court building,.
Diana Tatosova, a lawyer for the defendants, told Reuters that she was told by the chief investigator in the case that of the 11 defendants in the court, three had been killed.
TASS, a Russian news agency said the shooting began after some of the defendants attempted to grab the firearms of court security officers in an effort to take hostages.
via AP News:
Russia’s Investigative Committee, the country’s chief investigative body, said in a statement on Tuesday the incident took place when five handcuffed defendants tried to escape as they were escorted by two guards at the Moscow Regional Court. The body said one of the defendants tried to strangle one of the guards, and the defendants managed to escape and seized the guards’ weapons.
A shootout with the court’s guards ensued, and three of the defendants were killed. Two guards were injured. Authorities said the incident took place before a hearing in a case of a gang of nine people who are suspected of killing more than a dozen of motorists.
Russia media dubbed the accused “the Grand Theft Auto gang” after the violent video game. The men on trial are accused of terrorizing Moscow motorists for months in 2014. Prosecutors said the gang members were placing spikes on roads, forcing the motorists out of their vehicles and shooting them dead.
The nine accused men, who are all from Central Asia, were charged with 17 murders and 2 attempted murders.