Russian special police response units were alerted at 9:06 p.m., according to Tass State News Agency. A journalist from another outlet, Ostorozhno Novosti, who was at the scene reported that officers began entering the building at 9:39 p.m. The nearest police department is located about one and a half miles from Crocus City Hall. A spokeswoman for Russia’s Internal Affairs Ministry, Irina Volk, later dismissed complaints that police arrived too late, asserting that the first group of officers was at the scene five minutes after reports of the shooting were received. Two of the alleged gunmen, Shamsiden Fariduni and Saidakram Rajabalizoda, briefly traveled to Turkey in late February and returned to Russia on 2 March on the same flight, according to a senior Turkish security official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters. He said he believed that both individuals became radicalized in Russia given the short amount of time they spent in Turkey, reported the Washington Post.