A teenager who launched an armed attack
on Russian security agents was able to acquire weapons from a nearby
shooting club thanks to local national guardsmen, who forged vital safety
Anton Konev killed two people when he
opened fire in the lobby of Federal Security Services building in far eastern city of Khabarovsk in April.
Before carrying out his attack, the
17-year-old entered the city’s Hammer shooting club and killed an
instructor in order to leave with the weapons.
Police investigating the crime found
that the club did not have proper security procedures in place and
did not hold a license to carry the weapons used by Konev, Russia’s Kommersant newspaper reported Wednesday.
The safety violations went unnoticed by
Russia’s National Guard, who had been tasked with inspecting regional
shooting clubs earlier that month.
Officers did not visit the club’s
premises, instead forging vital paperwork, unnamed sources told the outlet.