‘Depressed lover’ kills five in Moscow shooting

November 7, 2012 3:47 pm


Vinogradov opened fire at the offices of the pharmacy chain Rigla in northeast Moscow /FILE
MOSCOW, Nov 7 – A 30-year-old Russian man suffering depression after a breakup went on a shooting spree on Wednesday in his Moscow office, killing five and wounding another two after declaring his hatred for mankind, investigators said.

Dmitry Vinogradov, 30, posted an online manifesto in which he proclaimed his “hatred for humankind as a species” hours before the killing spree, prompting comparisons with Norwegian killer Anders Behring Breivik.

“I hate human society and being part of it disgusts me! I hate the meaninglessness of human life!” Vinogradov wrote in a manifesto posted on one of Russia’s top social networks, VKontakte.

“I hate the life itself. I see only one way to justify it: to eliminate as many particles of human compost as possible.”

Vinogradov opened fire at the offices of the pharmacy chain Rigla in northeast Moscow on Wednesday morning, killing two women and three men and gravely injuring another woman and man, the Investigative Committee said.

Lifenews.ru website, known for its close ties to law enforcement agencies, cited Vinogradov’s mother Yelena as saying the young man was depressed over a breakup with his girlfriend who worked with him.

“On the morning of November 7, 2012, the suspect came into the office of the pharmaceutical company he works for and fired numerous shots from Saiga and Benelli shotguns that he owns,” the statement said.

“Two men and two young women sitting at their desks died on the spot,” it said, adding Vinogradov killed another man at the stairs leading to the offices.

“One more man and another young woman were seriously wounded, they are receiving medical help,” the Investigative Committee said, adding that the company’s security guards had detained him.

A spokeswoman for the Investigative Committee, told AFP the man had shot from two guns simultaneously. He was placed under arrest and is being questioned by investigators.

Most of his victims are believed to be his colleagues.

The Interfax news agency, citing a representative of the Investigative Committee, said Vinogradov’s former girlfriend was “safe and sound,” adding she would be questioned.

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