MOSCOW, April 23 (RIA Novosti) – Russian police posted a reward of at least 3 million rubles ($95,000) on Tuesday for information leading to the arrest of the man suspected of shooting dead six people in Belgorod in southwest Russia on Monday afternoon.
The suspected assailant, named by police as 32-year-old Sergei Pomazun, opened fire from a hunting shop at random victims with a rifle before moving on to the streets of Belgorod. He later fled in the same vehicle in which he had arrived at the scene.
Police and the city administration said a 14-year-old girl was among the dead, five of whom died at the scene of the attack. A sixth victim died shortly after in hospital.
Pomazun’s car was later found by police, who said the suspect already has a criminal record. He remains at large, and may be armed with two hunting rifles he took from the hunting shop, the police said on Tuesday.
Special police forces and investigators from the neighboring Kursk Region have headed to the Belgorod Region to join the manhunt. Ukraine, which shares a border with the Belgorod Region, has also been warned about the fugitive killer.
Pomazun, who once served four years on theft-related charges, faces life in prison if convicted of murder.
Earlier media reports suggested a second suspect was involved in the attack, but the police said on Tuesday Pomazun was acting on his own.