MOSCOW, Aug. 9 (UPI) — An argument in the Dagestan region turned violent, escalating into a street fight in which seven people died, including a young girl, Russian police said.
Police said the confrontation between two groups of young men in the republic’s Untsukulovsky district disintegrated rapidly into a shootout, The Moscow News reported.
About 10 people were involved in the melee and arrests had been made, authorities said. An investigation was under way. Police said a hunting rifle was confiscated at the crime scene.
“The number of the dead has risen to seven. A girl of 6 or 7 was also killed,” a police statement said. “The reasons for the conflict are being established. According to preliminary details, the fight arose from personal conflict.”
The men were from Gimry and Untsukulov, both in the Untsukulovsky district, police said.
The Moscow News said charges of murder and illegally carrying firearms would be filed.