Two drunken men armed with a pellet gun shot out 11 windows of a moving train in Vladimir, injuring a passenger while they celebrated a birthday, police said Tuesday.
The revelers, 21-year-old Alexander Terekhov and 28-year-old Roman Arkhipov, were intoxicated at the time of the incident Saturday and emptied the clip of their gun with the apparent hope of halting the train in order to get on board, Life News reported.
The furious fusillade shattered several windows in the seventh and eighth cars of the No. 6202 train from Petushki, causing a panic to break out among the passengers who were getting ready to disembark at the train’s last scheduled stop in Vladimir.
“Women and children began to scream, everyone leaped up, some ran to the exit,” a passenger, who gave only her first name Olesya, told Life News. “It was very scary. No one knew what was going on.”
Broken glass from one of the shattered windows seriously injured a 38-year-old man who was standing between cars, smoking a cigarette. He was taken to a hospital by an ambulance with deep cuts, witnesses told Life News.
Terekhov and Arkhipov were captured by transportation police soon after the shooting in a wooded area not far from the station and turned over to authorities.
They are being held in detention and could face charges of causing serious damage to railway property, Interfax reported.