Tags: moscow | courtroom | attack | shooting

Moscow Courtroom Attack Kills 3

Image: Moscow Courtroom Attack Kills 3

Police officers by the Moscow Region Court. (Iliya Pitalev/Sputnik via AP)

Tuesday, 01 Aug 2017 09:52 AM

In Moscow, a courtroom attack killed three people and wounded five others when a bungled escape attempt by five defendents led to a shootout, officials said Tuesday.

Russia's Investigative Committee said the attempted getaway started while the five handcuffed men were being escorted by two guards in an elevator at the Moscow Regional Court.

One tried to strangle a guard before the defendants seized the guards' weapons and the group managed to escape, the investigative committee said.

Three of the defendants were killed and two wounded in a shootout with the court's guards. Three guards were injured and taken to hospital, the committee said.

The prosecutor's office for the Moscow region said it was looking into the incident to see if the guards had violated the procedure for escorting defendants.

Authorities said the incident took place before a hearing for a gang of nine who are suspected of killing more than a dozen motorists.

Russia media dubbed the accused "the Grand Theft Auto gang" after the violent video game. The men on trial are accused of terrorizing Moscow motorists for months in 2014. Prosecutors said the gang members were placing spikes on roads, forcing the motorists out of their vehicles and shooting them dead.

The nine men, all from Central Asia, are charged with 17 murders and two attempted murders.

© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

   
1Like our page
2Share
TheWire
In Moscow, a courtroom attack killed three people and wounded five others when a bungled escape attempt by five defendents led to a shootout, officials said Tuesday.
moscow, courtroom, attack, shooting
220
2017-52-01
Tuesday, 01 Aug 2017 09:52 AM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved