“The Khalidovs were the ones who opened fire”: Chechen shootout case referred to ICR Main Investigations Directorate
There has been an update on the shootout in the Krilatskie Kholmy Park. First, there was a quarrel, according to witnesses. Then, ‘furniture king’ Magomed Khalidov’s clan opened fire, shooting at the Baysurovs brothers, Ruslan and Sharpudi, more than 10 times. Both later died of gun wounds. Khalidov suffered several knife wounds and is in critical condition in intensive care unit now.
A criminal case was opened in the wake of the bloody shootout in the Krilatskoe District of Moscow for violation of articles 105, part 2 (Murder of Two or More Persons) and 222, part 1 (Illegal Storage of Firearms) of the Russian Criminal Code. The Kuntsevskoe District Investigative Department referred it to the ICR Main Investigations Directorate.
The decision was due to a public outcry caused by the shootout between two Chechen clans on the night of June 2, according to the Kommersant Newspaper.
Meanwhile, there has been an update on the shootout. It happened during a meeting between the Khalidovs and Baysurovs in the Hills Restaurant on Krilatsky Kholmi Street. The two clans moved to the Park once the restaurant was closed, riding in six cars. They continued arguing there.
The Baysurovs sent 41-year-old Ruslan, 59-year-old Sharpudi, Sharpudi’s 19-year-old son Timur, and their 23-year-old relative Adam to the meeting, according to the Moskovsky Komsomolets Newspaper. Former co-incorporator of the Grand and Tri Kita Furniture Malls Magomed Khalidov went there with his acquaintances and family. There is no information on the number of people he brought with him.
The Khalidovs were the ones who opened fire, according witnesses, as quoted by Moskovsky Komsomolets. The Khalidovs literary pumped the Baysurovs brothers full of lead in the very beginning; one of them suffered 7 gun wounds, while the other suffered 4. Intro Energy Company Head Ruslan Baysurovs died on this way to hospital. Sharpudi died in intensive care unit. The other Baysurovs retaliated with ferocity. Magomed Khalidov suffered several knife wounds and is in critical condition in the Sklifosovsky Moscow Institute of Emergency First Aid now.
The shootout participants began taking their wounded to hospitals even before the police showed up after local residents called it on hearing shots, according to Kommersant.
Several knives, a TT pistol, and Makarov pistol cases were found at the crime scene. The shootout participants took the Makarov pistol (or pistols) with them when leaving.
As for the reasons that led to the shootout, the two clans that used to be business partners failed to sort out how to split revenue from renting out commercial real estate and manage stock of several companies, according to one of investigators’ theories.
It is worth mentioning that Magomed Khalidov, one of the defendants, is a co-incorporator of the Grand and Tri Kita Furniture Malls. He and his brothers Sumayd and Arbi owned the Malls closed in the framework of a high-profile smuggling case in early 2000s. The case resulted in lots of scandals. The Khalidovs managed to retain the majority of its influence and assets despite efforts of the police, according to some reports.
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