An underage gunman with links to Russian neo-Nazi groups burst into a Federal Security Service (FSB, successor to the KGB) building in Khabarovsk on April 21, and opened fire. According to the FSB’s public relations center “at 17:02 (10:02 Moscow time) an unknown person entered the FSB reception room in Khabarovsk Krai and began to shoot… An employee of the FSB and one citizen of Central Asia were killed, whilst another was wounded.” The assailant was killed by FSB agents in the resulting shootout (Kommersant, April 21). Later, the FSB revealed the identity of the gunman to be A.V. Konev, a local boy born in 1999 and just 17 at the time of the shooting. Konev had procured his weapons from a local “Hammer” rifle club, after killing its instructor (Kommersant, April 21). The event brings to light the perils of loose guns in the Russian Federation, which have become increasingly disseminated throughout the country both from heists, like the one in Khabarovsk, and from the ongoing conflicts in the North Caucasus and Donbas regions (see EDM, April 11). As weapons fall into the hands of those who may actually use them, the trend raises fears of renewed terrorist violence.
Police are searching for a gunman who allegedly shot and injured a 39-year-old Sikh man in Kent, Washington, on Friday (3 March).
The victim, identified as Deep Rai, was working on his car in his driveway at around 8pm local time (1am GMT on Saturday) when he was approached by a 6ft tall white male who had covered his face and started arguing with Deep. Soon the man allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the victim in his arm, before saying “go back to your own country”, according to Seattle Times.
Police in Kent said that they have consulted with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies with regard to the incident.
The shooting comes just a few days after an Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was shot dead by a gunman at a bar in Kansas, who also allegedly told his victim “get out of my country”.
Late in February, two immigrants from India, Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, were drinking whiskey in Austins Bar and Grill when they were approached by Adam W. Purinton.
He asked the two men what visa they are currently on and whether they are staying here illegally. After a verbal confrontation, Mr. Purinton was kicked out of the bar.
A short time later, he came back in a rage and fired on the two men, the authorities said. Mr. Kuchibhotla was killed, and Mr. Madasani was wounded.
After the shooting began, another patron, Ian Grillot, 24, said he tried to count the shots while he hid under a table. Thinking the gunman had run out of ammunition, Mr. Grillot said, he confronted him, only to be shot in the hand and the chest.
Within minutes, an emergency dispatcher, in a transmission archived by the Broadcastify website, told officers, “We’re being advised the suspect’s name is Adam, and he’s a white male wearing a white shirt with military medals.”
Mr. Purinton was later arrested without incident at an Applebee’s in Clinton Mo. He was extradited to Kansas from Missouri on Friday, and he is charged with premeditated first-degree murder and two counts of attempted premeditated first-degree murder. the incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime.
A police investigation has been launched after the façade of a future migrant reception centre was found riddled with bullet holes on Wednesday morning.Local authorities believe that the incident, which is thought to have taken place around 8.30pm on Tuesday night, is a violent act of protest against the impending arrival of 70 Calais ‘Jungle’ camp migrants in Saint-Brévin, a coastal town near Nantes, in western France.
According to French newspaper Ouest France, the shots fired at the reception centre damaged the bay windows of two separate buildings belonging to the CCAS, a public sector company and a branch of the French energy giant EDF-GRDF, whose former holiday centre is being turned into a temporary shelter for Calais’s invader population. As the buildings were unoccupied at the time, there were no injuries.
Thursday morning, the French housing minister told radio station Europe 1 that the country’s “humanists and progressives” had to start openly condemning anti-immigrant attacks, which have spread like wildfire across France ever since the Calais ‘Jungle’ relocation plan was announced last month.