Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Cathedral shooter says he was drunk

New Martyr Nun Liudmilla Petrova
Vladivostok, February 10 (Interfax) - The Yuzhno-Sakhaninsk resident who went on a shooting spree in city's Resurrection Cathedral has admitted his guilt.

"The detainee has admitted his guilt. He was drunk when he went on that shooting spree," Natalya Makhonina, acting aide to the press officer for the Investigations Committee's Investigations department for the Sakhalin Region, told Interfax on Monday.

Makhonina said the suspect has not given any reasons for his actions yet and will undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

According to earlier reports, a man went on a shooting spree in the resurrection cathedral, the main cathedral of the Sakhalin Diocese, on Sunday. A nun and a parishioner were killed at the scene and another six people were wounded and hospitalized.

A criminal case has been opened based on Part 2 of Article 105 of the Criminal Code (murder of two or more people). A psychiatric evaluation has been scheduled for the man, who may be arrested in the near future.


  1. Mother Liudmilla, pray for us poor sinners.

  2. So, if the shooter was drunk, then he was not motivated to kill because the people were orthodox. So, are the killed people martyrs?

  3. The murderer sought out worshippers in a church, not Starbuck's habitu├ęs or folks on a city bus. The decision whether the victims may publicly be regarded as martyrs is, of course, properly left to the hierarchy and the Holy Spirit, but unless there are serious distortions of facts as reported, this matter is obvious.