GTA gang members opened fire in Moscow court

Aug 03, 2017, 00:44
GTA gang members opened fire in Moscow court

Five defendants at a Moscow courthouse attacked their guards in a bungled escape attempt, leading to a shootout that killed three people and wounded five others, officials said Tuesday.

A convoy of two officers was escorting a total of five suspects form the GTA gang in an elevator of the court at about 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, when one of the suspects assaulted an officer and began strangling him.

The security officers injured include a Russian National Guard member, who sustained a gunshot wound and was taken to hospital, and two police officers, who sustained various injuries, according to the ministry.

A lawyer told the Russian news agency a woman bailiff and an armed guard were injured during the attack. On the third floor of the courtroom defendants encountered officers of the National Guard.

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According to a statement that was issued by the National Guard after the shooting, none of the "civilians" present at the courthouse was hurt "thanks to the fearless and professional actions of the National Guard officers".

After the shootout, everyone was evacuated from the court and all hearings were postponed, the lawyer said.

In a weird twist to the case, Russian investigators said that one of the gang leaders arrested in late 2014 had rented a house from a senior official in the Russian prosecutor's office and used the property to store arms and ammunition. They are in serious conditions.

In November 2014 the Investigative Committee reported arresting the supposed gang members. "And the weapons, they captured", she said, speaking with difficulty. She said that she saw a wounded female guard whose "face was all bloody".

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"There was a shootout at the court and employees were wounded".

The so-called GTA gang is accused of the murders of 17 people committed between 2012 and 2014 in the territory of Moscow, Moscow and Kaluga regions.

The defendants were accused of being members of the "GTA Gang", which Russian media named after the popular video game "Grand Theft Auto".

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