24 May 2018 15:28

Yakutia village resident kills five, commits suicide

YAKUTSK. May 24 (Interfax) - A man armed with a rifle killed five people, including a child, in the village of Bulgunnyakhtakh in the Khangalas district of Russia's Yakutia and then committed suicide, local school director Ayaal Longinov told Interfax.

"Four adults and one child, our school's fourth-grader, were killed," he said.

Details of the incident are being clarified, and a criminal investigation has been opened, the Investigative Committee's Yakutia branch told Interfax.

"A 65-year-old resident of Bulgunnyakhtakh, driven by personal dislike, shot his neighbors dead, including a ten-year-old child, and then committed suicide," it said.

The criminal case was opened based on charges of "the murder of two or more people, including a child."

According to preliminary reports, the man, armed with a Vepr smoothbore rifle, entered his neighbors' house and fired several shots at the woman, man, and child who lived there.

After that, he headed to another house where he killed two men. He then returned to his house and committed suicide.

"The deceased have been identified. Necessary investigative measures are now underway to establish the circumstances of what happened," the Investigative Committee said.