MOSCOW: A Russian man accused of killing six people in a shooting rampage at his Moscow office appeared in court yesterday to face murder charges as he asked “forgiveness” for his actions.
Moscow’s Babushkinsky district court ordered Dmitry Vinogradov, 30, to remain in custody for two months, while the Investigative Committee charged him with murder and attempted murder of multiple victims.
The maximum possible punishment Vinogradov could face is life imprisonment, the court spokeswoman, Nadezhda Sokolova said.
Early Wednesday, Vinogradov, an employee of pharmacy chain Rigla, went on a shooting spree at his office in northeast Moscow, killing five people on the spot and injuring another man and a woman.
The wounded man died of his injuries at a Moscow hospital earlier yesterday.
Vinogradov, dressed in black and wearing a black knitted cap, said in court in televised remarks that he was sorry for what he had done.
“I want to ask for forgiveness,” he said in a subdued tone.
“I did not see another way,” he paused and then added, “out of life.”
Vinogradov also said he had wanted to commit suicide but “they did not let me.”
He went on the shooting spree while apparently suffering from depression following a breakup with his girlfriend who worked with him.AFP