3 of 'Grand Theft Auto' gang killed in Russia courthouse shootout

The men on trial are accused of terrorising Moscow motorists for months in 2014

The criminals were installing handmade spikes on the roads, causing drivers to stop, and murdered the victims for their possessions afterward, according to prosecutors.

The standoff ensued after some of the suspected gang members attacked the two officers accompanying them in an elevator in an attempt to escape.

Three members of a gang accused of highway killings in the Russian capital were killed in a Moscow court after a shoot-out. It acquired the nickname from the violent similarities of its crimes to the Grand Theft Auto video game.

Three people standing trial have been killed in a shootout at a courthouse in Moscow, Russian officials have said.

Four defendants died in a gun battle Tuesday inside a suburban Moscow courtroom, a police spokesman said.

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Reports now say that a total of three people have been wounded in the incident, with two taken to hospital. One of them managed to call for backup. Attorney Sofia Rubasskaya, who witnessed the incident, told RIA Novosti that no fewer than 20 shots had been fired. They began to evacuate us. On my way from the fourth to the third floor I saw a woman sitting on a bench. "Later somebody said that an armed guard had been wounded", she said.

"Five people were taken to hospital". They are in serious conditions. Also, the gang members were allegedly behind numerous attacks against automobile drivers.

According to the court's spokeswoman Natalia Osipova, by now, the court has resumed its work. One of the employees of Rosgvardia Mikhail Ananichev was wounded by bandits in the shoulder.

The GTA gang operated from 2012 to 2014 in Moscow region, and is accused of 17 accounts of murder.

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