Russia: Man kills two people and wounds four others in Moscow after being told to put face mask

Russian officials on Tuesday reported that two people were killed and four others were wounded after a gunman opened fire in a Moscow government service center after being told to put on a face mask

The man took out a gun and started shooting in the building after arguing with a security guard who told the man to put on a face mask, state news agency Tass reported.

The Russian Interior Ministry said in a statement that the gunman entered “and started firing at the citizens there, after which he tried to hide”.

The Moscow Times reported that four people—three adults and a 10-year-old—were wounded. The adults were being operated on and the child was taken to a children’s hospital in serious condition, Deputy Mayor Anastasia Rakova said in a statement on Telegram.

“Doctors are doing all they can to help those wounded,” Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said.

Rakova said the two people killed were an administrator and a security guard who were employees at the center.

According to Russian Interior Ministry spokesperson Irina Volk, the suspect is a 45-year-old Moscow resident.

According to reports the suspect was a former military serviceman and was arrested later.

The office where the shooting occurred handles a variety of administrative issues for southeastern Moscow.

Masks are mandatory in indoor public places like the municipal services center, where residents apply for passports, obtain real estate documents and get help with other bureaucratic tasks.

Russia’s Interfax news agency reported that a Glock handgun was found at the site of the shooting. Ownership of handguns and other short-barreled weapons is severely restricted in Russia. Only professional sports shooters are allowed to own them, and the weapons must be stored at shooting clubs.