RYAZAN REGION, RUSSIA – APRIL 5, 2020: A policeman at the site of a mass shooting in an apartment building in the village of Yelatma, north-eastern Ryazan Region; according to investigators, a man rebuked a group of five young people speaking too loud under his windows, and the following heated argument caused him to walk outside armed with a hunting rifle, and shoot them all dead, including one woman. The shooter was arrested, his flat searched, the rifle in question seized. Alexander Ryumin/TASS (Photo by Alexander Ryumin\TASS via Getty Images)
A man in central Russia shot and killed five people for talking noisily at night under his windows, investigators said Sunday.
The shootings took place in the Ryazan region during stay-at-home orders aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
A 32-year-old man from the small town of Yelatma opened fire on a group of four young men and a woman who “were talking loudly in the street under his windows” at around 10 pm on Saturday, investigators said.
Yelatma is located near the city of Ryazan, which is situated some 200 kilometers (120 miles) southeast of the capital Moscow.
The man went to his balcony to complain to the group and a dispute erupted before he reached for his single-barrel hunting rifle, the Investigative Committee said.
“They all died of their injuries on the spot,” it said in a statement.
The suspect whose name was not released has been arrested. His apartment has been searched and the weapon seized.
Deputy Ryazan region governor Igor Grekov travelled to the scene of the shootings on Sunday.