Four dead as gunman opens fire in Russian shopping centre

Shooting rampage leaves four dead in Russian town near Crimea: Gunman kills three in shopping district before turning hunting rifle on himself

  • A gunman has opened fire at a shopping district in the Russian city of Krymsk
  • Vladimir Zhirov went on the killing rampage after having a row with his ex-wife
  • Zhirov killed three, including a security guard, before turning the gun on himself

This is the horrifying moment a gunman opened fire on the streets of a Russian town, killing three before turning the weapon on himself.

The man named as Vladimir Zhirov, 66, went on a shooting rampage in a shopping district in the southern Russian city of Krymsk, just 90 miles (144km) from Crimea.

He was seen on the street opening fire with a VPO-209 hunting rifle for which he was a registered user. 

Footage circulating on social media shows Zhirov firing a gun as he walks past parked cars. 

Zhirov, masked with a green piece of cloth draped over the rifle, continues to fire shots as he makes his way down the street. He then fires close range at someone lying on the ground.

Footage circulating on social media shows a man named as Vladimir Zhirov firing shots down a road with parked cars in the southern Russian city of Krymsk in the Krasnodar Krai region

Footage circulating on social media shows a man named as Vladimir Zhirov firing shots down a road with parked cars in the southern Russian city of Krymsk in the Krasnodar Krai region

Zhirov reportedly started his killing rampage following a row with his ex-wife. 

The dead man shot at close range was named as Mikhail Tunguliadi, a 69-year-old shopping centre security guard.

The heroic guard had apparently saved the life of the shooter’s ex-wife.

The shooter had reportedly lost a court battle over a flat involving his son triggering the domestic row.

He first shot the security guard in the leg and then killed him with a close range shot to the head.

Zhirov’s ex-wife managed to escape.

Another video circulating online appears to show Zhirov continuing to fire shots in the shopping district before entering a grey car.

After driving towards the location of his ex-wife’s house, Zhirov then took his own life.

The man opened fire at a shopping district in the southern Russian city of Krymsk, Russian state news agencies have reported. Russia's TASS news agency said the four dead included the gunman

The man opened fire at a shopping district in the southern Russian city of Krymsk, Russian state news agencies have reported. Russia’s TASS news agency said the four dead included the gunman

Zhirov, masked with a green piece of cloth draped over the rifle, continues to fire shots as he makes his way down the street. He then fires close range at someone lying on the ground

Zhirov, masked with a green piece of cloth draped over the rifle, continues to fire shots as he makes his way down the street. He then fires close range at someone lying on the ground

His ex-wife was unharmed in the shooting in a region which borders Ukraine.

The Investigative Committee for Krasnodar region stated that Zhirov knew two other people he had killed.

These were men aged 53 and 39 who died on the spot.

‘According to preliminary information, the gunman shot three people,’ the local official said, adding that the shooter also died.

State prosecutors were sent to the scene to open an investigation.

Krymsk is a small city in Russia’s southern Krasnodar region near the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia unilaterally annexed from Ukraine in 2014. The city is 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) south of Moscow.

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