3 'GTA Gang' Members Killed in Gunfight at Moscow Courthouse

Three defendants have been shot dead after reportedly trying to grab guns from guards during a trial at Moscow Regional Court. The two others suspects and three security officers were injured.

A Russian National Guard member sustained a gunshot wound and was taken to hospital, the ministry said in a statement.

The gang would lay spikes on roads outside Moscow to stop cars and kill the driver and passengers at night, always with 9mm pistols.

The prosecutor's office for the Moscow region said it was looking into the incident to see if the guards had violated the procedure for escorting defendants. "Then we heard shots - approximately 25 shots were fired".

The incident happened when five people on trial for "banditry" tried to take the arms from security officers, a police spokeswoman said.

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A lawyer for the defendants, citing the chief investigator in their case, said earlier that four of the accused had been killed in a gunfight which broke out in the building of the Moscow Regional Court.

After the shootout, everyone was evacuated from the court and all hearings were postponed, the lawyer said.

They had also attempted to take hostages.

The gangs of nine men were accused of terrorising motorists for months in 2014.

Three out the five GTA gang members who disarmed the guards and opened gunfire in the Moscow region court have been killed. I saw a wounded woman bailiff, her face (covered) in blood.

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