Columbine-like attack by trenchcoat-wearing teen shooter at Russian school leaves multiple dead
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A massacre earlier today at a school in Russia bears several resemblances to the notorious April 20, 1999 attack at Colorado's Columbine High School carried out by two graduating seniors.
A teenager wearing a black trenchcoat-wearing attacked "School No. 175" in the Russian city of Kazan today leaving at least 9 people dead, including two teachers and 20 others wounded. The gunman, 19, was a past student at the school and had been expelled from the technical school he had been attending in April 2021.
The black trenchcoat has been the official uniform of the school shooter. The teenaged Columbine killers were infamously known as the "trenchcoat mafia" and wore their trenchcoats constantly including the day of the massacre at their school, Columbine High.
The Russian shooter was born on September 11, 2001. One of the two Columbine killers was born exactly 20 years earlier on September 11, 1981.
Above: Stills from security footage of the teen Russian school shooter about to enter School No. 175.
Below: the two teen killers wearing their black trenchcoats preparing for the 4/20/99 hit at Columbine High School, Littleton Colorado.
A teacher and 12 students were murdered at Columbine with more than 20 others wounded.
Also like Columbine, an explosion was heard at School No. 175 before shots rang out, causing widespread damage. Columbine was intended to be a mass bombing which then became a mass shooting when two large propane bombs planted by the two killers in the school's cafeteria failed to detonate.
Today's attack comes just three days after a devastating mass bombing at a high school in Afghanistan, where the death toll has now risen to 85 (see yesterday's blog for details). The hit on School No. 175 like Columbine occurred on a Tuesday morning late in the school year.
Above: Still taken from video footage of the of gunman being arrested at the entrance of School No. 175. Source: МБХ медиа
SCHOOL SHOOTER/BOMBER DECLARED TERRORIST BY RUSSIAN OFFICIAL
"The terrorist has been arrested" exclaimed Rustam Minnikhanov, the governor of the Tatarstan republic where Kazan is the capital of the first gunman, a 19-year-old male.
First responders survey the damage at School No. 175. Terrorized children hid under desks and jumped from blown out windows to escape the horror.
The gunman was seen dressed in black combat clothing and black combat boots as he was taken into custody by Russian authorities. He committed the shootings with a shot gun.
Authorities found substances used to make explosives at his home. The killer bought more than 1000 rounds of 8.5mm buckshot with him to the school.
The Columbine killers also wore black boots, pants and used shotguns, had multiple rounds of ammunition, and used explosive devices.
Photo of the future school shooter leaking his violent intent on the Telegram messenger prior to the attack, wearing the black trenchcoat.
Russian media have located a channel on the Telegram messenger wherein the gunman was dressed in combat-style clothes posted photos of himself posing in front of a mirror and referring to himself as "God."
The Columbine killers referred to themselves as "God-like" and looked down on others.
Today's massacre is believed to be the first since a Columbine-copycat attacked a school in Crimea, the Ukraine in October 2018, leaving 20 people dead and more than 70 wounded.
Read more about the 2018 Columbine-inspired school shooting/bombing in Crimea here:
Prior to that time, on February 3, 2014, a 15-year-old high school student opened fire at School No. 263 in Moscow. One teacher and a police officer were shot dead that day and a third person, a law enforcement official, was wounded. The shooter also took 29 students hostage before surrendering to police.
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