Criminal case launched after shooting in Moscow Regional Court

Bailiff injured in shooting at Moscow courthouse

"Three suspects have been shot dead and two others injured while trying to make their way from the lift after emergency opening of the doors", local police spokesperson Tatiana Petrova said in a statement.

Three law enforcement officers were hurt, one of them with a gunshot wound.

The group was dubbed in the Russian press as the GTA Gang, a reference to the Grand Theft Auto violent series of video games. Two police officers sustained various injuries.

Around 20 shots were fired in total, according to witnesses.

They were defendants being taken to trial at the Regional Court in the outskirts of Moscow at the time, she said. The body said one of the defendants tried to strangle one of the guards, and the defendants managed to escape and seized the guards' weapons. I saw a wounded woman bailiff, her face (covered) in blood.




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

Charges are brought against nine people who are accused of murdering 17 people and two attempted murders, as well as of banditry, plunder, illegal production and possession of weapons, and documents stealing.

The five suspects were among nine who went on trial previous year over a series of high-profile drive-by shootings around Moscow's ring road.

The building was evacuated, and court activities resumed later in the day. They are accused of terrorizing drivers in the Moscow area by disabling motorists' cars with spikes placed on roads, and then shooting the drivers.

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