Police arrest suspect in Russia massacre after massive manhunt

Moscow, Apr 24 (EFE).- The suspected triggerman in the killings of six people earlier this week in Belgorod, a city in southern Russia, has been arrested, officials said Wednesday.

Sergey Pomazun was arrested Tuesday night when he tried to evade police on a freight train, the Interior Ministry said.

"The officers recognized him and took action to arrest him, in the course of which one officer was wounded," the ministry said.

Nearly 2,000 police officers, many of them sent from other cities in Russia, took part in the manhunt for the 32-year-old Pomazun.

Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev went to Belgorod on Monday, the day of the shootings, and personally directed the manhunt.

Pomazun, who has a prior criminal record, entered a hunting store in broad daylight and gunned down four employees during a robbery attempt, officials said.

He then shot a 14-year-old girl and a 16-year-old girl in the street outside the store.

One girl died instantly and the other was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Pomazun fled in a BMW X5 that was later found in a nearby neighborhood, police said.