Shooter identified as Sergey Pomazun, 31.
There were early reports that at least one more person was involved:
Media reports suggested a second suspect
was involved in the attack, but this has not been confirmed by police.
The shooter arrived in a luxury BMW X5 car and later fled in it with a companion
, who might have acted as the driver, Komsomolskaya Pravda
reported. A citywide manhunt was under way for the attackers
Conflicting reports suggest there were two suspects
in the shooting, with witnesses having seen them according to some media reports.
Was this other person the one reported to have been captured before Pomazun was caught the next day?
Belgorod authorities earlier stated that the suspect had been detained by police. However, they then said that the report was published on the local
administration’s website by mistake.
The suspect claims he did not kill the two teenage girls who were shot outside the shop, perhaps indicating another shooter:
While being questioned by police, who detained him after a two-day manhunt as he tried to flee the city, the suspect, Sergei Pomazun, did not deny
having killed people but said “I did not shoot at the children
When police asked him what he was shooting at, he answered, “At hell!”
Like many another mass shooter, he had first been subject to mental health 'treatment':
Pomazun was released from prison in December(2012) after serving a sentence for theft. The father of the suspect said that his son was behaving
erratically in recent days, and had threatened to kill him. "He went nuts after 5 years in jail" Aleksander Pomazun told Lifenews. ...
Rosbalt reported that the shooter has been isolated and placed under psychiatric control
for a set period while imprisoned.
Some media also stated that earlier the shooting suspect had undergone treatment at a psychiatric clinic
. It was reported he had been sentenced
to compulsory treatment by a court.
He was a veteran of the military, like other mass shooters:
Sergey acquired his shooting skills in the army: He served in the special forces at a nuclear missile base for two years.
The grief counselors soon arrived to make sure the witnesses don't repeat crazy stories of others involved:
--Russia’s Emergencies Ministry sent a team of psychologists to the city to help the grieving relatives to cope with the tragedy.
The government was quick to offer compensation, perhaps an indication of culpability:
The city administration agreed to pay the families of the victims 1 million rubles and offered aid in conducting the funerals.