Man kills 5 people for “talking loudly” during coronavirus lockdown, Russian investigators say

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A man in Yalatma, Russia killed five people for talking noisily under his windows, investigators said Sunday.TASS VIA GETTY IMAGES

(CBS News)-A man in central Russia shot and killed five people for talking noisily at night under his windows, investigators said Sunday. The shootings took place in the Ryazan region during stay-at-home orders aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

A 32-year-old man from the small town of Yelatma opened fire on a group of four young men and a woman who “were talking loudly in the street under his windows” at around 10 pm on Saturday, investigators said.

Yelatma is located near the city of Ryazan, which is situated some 120 miles southeast of the capital Moscow.

The man went to his balcony to complain to the group and a dispute erupted before he reached for his single-barrel hunting rifle, the Investigative Committee said.

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A man in Yalatma, Russia killed five people for talking noisily under his windows, investigators said Sunday.TASS VIA GETTY IMAGES

“They all died of their injuries on the spot,” it said in a statement, BBC News reported.

The suspect whose name was not released has been arrested. His apartment has been searched and the weapon seized.

Deputy Ryazan region governor Igor Grekov travelled to the scene of the shootings on Sunday.

First published on April 6, 2020 / 6:38 AM

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