18 killed, dozens injured by teen shooter at Crimea school

Minnie Murray
October 18, 2018

An unknown explosive device caused a large blast at approximately 12 p.m., the National Anti-Terrorism Committee of Russian Federation reported on its website. The investigative committee said initial examinations suggested all the victims died of gunshot wounds, but some reports speak of shrapnel injuries.

The suspect has been identified as 18-year-old student Vladislav Roslyakov who committed suicide inside the school, Russia's Investigative Committee said.

"He wasn't aggressive, he was rather timid", Aksyonov said, speculating that Roslyakov might have "watched some movies" that inspired him to go on the shooting spree. Witnesses, however, reported that victims were being killed by a gunman.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the attack was a tragedy and offered condolences to the victims' families.

Committee spokesman Andrei Przhezdomsky said bomb squads were working "at the blast site", adding that the body of Roslyakov was found in the college next to a pump-action gun.

Aksyonov said that the student killed himself after the attack.

Investigators and the college's director said following the explosion a gunman went through the building shooting anyone he saw at the school in the city of Kerch.

Another student, Semyon Gavrilov, said he had fallen asleep during a lecture and was awakened by the sound of shooting.

A few hours later Russia's Investigative Committee said the victims were killed by gunshots.

Yuri Kerpek told the state-owned RIA Novosti news agency that the shooting lasted about 15 minutes.

Russian Federation annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, prompting worldwide condemnation and Western sanctions, but since then there have been no major outbreaks of violence on the peninsula.

The top Russian official for Crimea says the attacker at a Crimean vocational college was a student at the school who has killed himself.

"Only three minutes ago I received information about what happened in Kerch, Russia, and I declare the deepest sympathy on my behalf and on the behalf of the Serbian people", Vucic said, according to TASS.

Another witness who gave his name as Sergei and who worked nearby said in a video on the Kerch.tv website that he heard "a bang and shots".

Emergency officials had earlier said that the blast was caused by a gas canister explosion.

Footage published by local media showed armoured personnel carriers near the college in Kerch, and schools and kindergartens in the area are being evacuated.

There were no immediate clues as to his motive in mounting such an attack, which recalled similar shooting sprees carried out by students in U.S. schools.

Russian Federation has annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, a move that triggered Western sanctions.

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