Gunman Opens Fire in Moscow Factory, Killing One, Hostages Held

December 27, 2017 Updated: December 27, 2017

MOSCOW—A gunman opened a fire in a pastry-making factory in Moscow on Wednesday, killing one person and taking an unknown number as hostages, Russian state news agency RIA said, citing a law enforcement source.

The “Menshevik” factory building, in south-east Moscow, has been cordoned off by the police, which is trying to make a contact with the gunman and free the hostages, RIA said.

A policeman stands guard after a gunman opened a fire in the pastry-making factory “Menshevik” in Moscow, Russia December 27, 2017. (Reuters/Sergei Karpukhin)

At least two people have been wounded in the shooting, another news agency, Interfax, said, adding that the preliminary reports suggest the victim worked as a security guard at the factory, which is located on Ilovaiskaya street.

Interfax cited a source as saying that the former factory owner has opened a gunfire.