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Classification: Mass murderer
Characteristics: Cadet at a Russian military school
Number of victims: 6
Date of murders: March 8, 1997
Date of arrest: Same day
Date of birth: 1979
Victims profile: A 32-year-old captain and five cadets
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Kamyshin, Russia
Status: Unknown

On March 8, 1997, a first-year cadet at a Russian military school opened fire on his classmates killing six people and wounding two others.

The rampager, 18 year-old Sergei Lepnev, decided that a career in the military was not his calling and at 4 a.m., after the changing of the guard, he shot and killed the officer on duty, a 32-year-old captain who had served in Afghanistan, and then opened fire on his fellow students.

After the shooting, the cadet and a friend fled the Kamyshin Higher Military Construction School with two automatic rifles and ammunition. 12 hours later, the gunman and his buddy were arrested hiding inside a home in Kamyshin.


Cadey shoots comrades, commander

The Omri Daily Digest

March 10, 1997

Sergei Lepnev, 18, a first-year cadetat the Kamyshin Military Construction Academy in Volgograd Oblast, shotdead the 32-year-old captain of his guard detachment and five other cadets on 9 March, Russian media reported. The incident, in which three other cadets were also wounded, occurred during a routine changing of the guard at the academy.

Lepnev fled the scene with another cadet, but was later tracked by police to a local home, where officers convinced him to surrender. The motive for the shootings remains unclear, although military investigators cited by NTV suggested that it could have resulted from severe hazing, a chronic problem for young recruits in the Russian military.



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