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Four dead as gunman opens fire in Russian shopping centre

Footage circulating on social media shows a man firing shots down a road with parked cars. The location of the footage has been confirmed as Krymsk in the southern Krasnodar Krai region of Russia

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 gun 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. He fires several shots before firing close range at someone lying on the ground. 

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

Footage circulating on social media shows a man firing shots down a road with parked cars. The location of the footage has been confirmed as Krymsk in the southern Krasnodar Krai

The dead man 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 guard in the leg and then killed him with a close range shot to the head.

Zhirov’s ex-wife managed to escape.

A man opened fire at a shopping centre 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

A man opened fire at a shopping centre 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 fires several shots before firing close range at someone lying on the ground

The man fires several shots before firing close range at someone lying on the ground

Zhirov then took his own life near the house of his former partner after driving to the location.

She 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.

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Monica has a BA in Journalism and English from the University of Massachusetts and an MS in Journalism and Communications from Quinnipiac University. Monica has worked as a journalist for over 20 years covering all things entertainment. She has covered everything from San Diego Comic-Con, The SAG Awards, Academy Awards, and more. Monica has been published in Variety, Swagger Magazine, Emmy Magazine, CNN, AP, Hidden Remote, and more. For the past 10 years, she has added PR and marketing to her list of talents as the president of Prime Entertainment Publicity, LLC. Monica is ready for anything and is proudly obsessed with pop culture.

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