The doctor’s husband shoots five people for ‘making too much noise’ outside his flat during a coronavirus lock in Russia
- Anton Franchikov opened fire with a shotgun on an apartment building in Yelatma
- He killed four men and a woman after calling them names from his balcony
- Authorities have linked the mass shootings to tensions from the lockdown
A doctor’s husband shot and killed five people because they were making too much noise outside during the coronavirus shutdown in Russia, police say.
31-year-old Anton Franchikov berated a group of people from his balcony before grabbing a shotgun and opening fire when they entered.
The group of four men and a woman were killed when they entered the apartment building, police say. Reports say the female victim was pregnant.
A local official linked the mass shootings to the tension caused by the closure of public health.
Anton Franchikov (photo right) opened fire with a shotgun after complaining of outside noise. He is depicted with his wife Svetlana saying she was in the bathroom
Franchikov had objected to street noise waking his baby while people had to isolate at home, police said.
The suspect confessed to three murders and said he did not remember the other two.
Franchikov, a non-medical hospital worker who apparently had paternity leave, was detained in Yelatma, a settlement in the Ryazan region of 3,100 inhabitants.
The dead were mentioned as the couple Yevgeny and Kristina Tabunov, 24 and 22 years old, as well as Ilya Kondrakov, 26 years old, Viktor Kapitanov, 24 years old and Maksim Ukhov, 31 years old.
‘He [Franchikov] tried to escape, but he didn’t make it and was stopped by the police, “said a law enforcement spokesman.
Among the victims were Kristina Tabunova (left), 22 and her husband Yevgeny Tabunov (right), 24
Ilya Kondrakov, 26 (left), and married father of one Maksim Ukhov, 31 (right) were also killed in the shooting
The suspect, who would work in a neuropsychiatric institution, testified to the police about the incident.
A mass murder probe was opened. The images showed that forensic checks were carried out at the crime scene.
Head of local government Grigory Danilov toll RT: ‘This was a neighborly conflict that turned into a shooting.
They exchanged words and eventually he picked up a gun.
‘The second week of quarantine plays poorly on people’s psychology. “People lack communication.”
Police are investigating the crime scene in the village of Elatma where the mass shooting took place
The official added, “I can’t say he’s a stupid or sick man. I know he is a married man, he has children.
“It’s just an ordinary young family.”
His wife Svetlana, 27, a general practitioner in a local hospital, was questioned about the incident by the Russian Commission of Inquiry.
She was in the bathroom during the massacre and knew nothing about the shootings, she says.
Under Russia’s self-isolation rules, people must stay at home and be officially on a public holiday imposed by President Vladimir Putin.
Investigators checked allegations that the suspect had a history of domestic violence and posted extreme material on social media.