115 now confirmed killed in mass shooting in Moscow

Crocus City Hall
Crocus City Hall

The mass shooting at the Crocus City Hall shopping center near Moscow killed at least 115 people, the Russian Investigative Committee reported on March 23, raising the total from the previously reported fatality count of 93.

Local governor Andrey Vorobyov said that "the number of victims will grow significantly."

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Preliminary investigations indicate the causes of death at the Crocus City Hall were gunshot wounds and inhalation of toxic fumes from the fire caused by the fleeing attackers.

March 22 Moscow mass shooting

On the evening of March 22, several people in camouflage opened fire with assault rifles at people who had come to see the band Picnic play at the Crocus City Hall concert hall in Krasnogorsk, Moscow Oblast. According to eyewitnesses, the shooters also threw a Molotov cocktail, and a fire broke out.

All tickets to the concert were sold out, and according to media reports, up to 7,200 people could have been in the building.

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Ukrainian military intelligence (HUR) representative Andriy Yusov blamed the shooting at the Crocus City Hall concert hall on the Kremlin's special services, though Islamic fundamentalist group ISIS has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack, according to independent Russian TV channel Dozdh (Rain).

On March 8, the U.S. Embassy warned its citizens in Russia about the threat of a terrorist attack in Moscow. American diplomats stated that the attack could be carried out in crowded places, such as a concert. At the same time, the U.S. Embassy reported the threat of a terrorist attack within the next 48 hours.

Putin is said to have reportedly denied the U.S. warning, instead blaming the "West" for attempting to "intimidate" Russia.

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