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Gunman Opens Fire in Pastry-Making Factory

  • Security officials cordoned off by the area near the factory.

    Security officials cordoned off by the area near the factory. | Photo: Reuters

Published 27 December 2017
Opinion

The alleged assailant, Ivan Averyanov, told Radio station Business FM that he has been unsuccessfully trying to reacquire the factory for the past four years.

A gunman opened fire in a pastry-making factory in Moscow, killing one person, Russian state news agency, RIA, reported. Interfax news agency reported that at least two other people were injured in the incident.

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According to a report by Interfax, citing a source, the gunman is the former owner of the factory. The agency's source contradicts earlier reports that the assailant worked at the factory in the capacity of a security guard.

The ex-factory owner reportedly opened fire on a business rival during an altercation, police sources told local media.

The “Menshevik” factory building, located in southeast Moscow, was cordoned off by the security officials where the gunman has barricaded himself, RIA stated. Special forces were preparing to storm the Menshevik sweet plant.

The alleged assailant, Ivan Averyanov, told Radio station Business FM that he has been unsuccessfully trying to reacquire the factory for the past four years.

“I am the factory's director. I am sitting inside here, barricaded.”

He accused state prosecutors of acting like a “criminal gang” against him.

“They have been following me for 4 years. They pulled my factory away from me by using fake documents. They are buying everything, they are faking documents and use these fake documents in court.

“This morning I came to work and I was stormed, they tried to take me with a gun, with other arms. I have arms, too, today I defended myself. I shot one of them, sadly looks like I shot him to death. This is the story.

“If I live, I'll fight until the very end. Now I am being surrounded by special forces.

“All's well. Now I'll be either shooting myself, or I'll surrender”.

The shooter also threatened to “fight to the end.”

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