Two Killed in Moscow School Shooting

In an incident rare for Russia, a rifle-wielding Moscow high-school student shot and killed his geography teacher and a police officer Monday and took more than 20 of his classmates hostage.

The student, identified as Sergei Gordeyev, shot and seriously wounded another police officer. Moscow police chief Anatoly Yakunin said the suspect surrendered and was taken into custody after his father talked to him, first by telephone and then in person.

Russian Investigative Committee spokesman said Gordeyev, described as an excellent student, may have suffered an "emotional breakdown."

President Vladimir Putin referred to the incident Monday, telling a meeting of a presidential council on culture and the arts in the northwestern Russian city Pskov that "the new generation of audiences 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," Putin added, "then maybe there would not be tragedies like the tragedy in Moscow today."

VOA News / Feb. 04, 2014 08:16 KST