At least 18 people, many of them teenagers, were killed and over 50 others injured in a bomb and a gunfire attack on a Crimean college run by a student, according to local officials.
Investigators said the attack was carried out by a lone 18-year-old student at the Polytechnic Polytechnic who came armed with a gun Wednesday afternoon to shoot people and have a bomb fired in the college cafeteria, before he killed himself.
The Russian Investigative Committee, the equivalent of the FBI, said it was the attacker Vladimir Rosljakov, a fourth year student at the college in the Black Sea town of Kerch on the east coast of Crimea.
Roslyakov was captured with a pistol shortly before the shooting of CCTV in college, said Svetlana Petrenko, a spokeswoman for the committee
"His body was found in school with a bullet wound," Petrenko said in a statement. "Judging by the image of the crime, the investigators believe that the young man shot and killed people at school before committing suicide."
The first indication of the attack were reports of a college explosion, which police later said was a home-made bomb full of metal objects in the cafeteria. Inside, students who were witnesses of the attack said the shooter had a corridor shoot shoot on everyone he saw.
Semjon Gavrilov, a student at the school told the Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda that he was looking out of a classroom and saw "a man running around with a gun and shooting everyone."
Gavrilov said he shut himself in the room and about 1
Headmistress Olga Grebennikova said she left school about 5 to 10 minutes before the attack began.
"They ran, threw plastic bags of explosives, then they ran with assault rifles – I do not know what – around the second floor, rooms opened and killed anyone they could find," Grebennikova said shortly the attack KerchNet, a local Crimean television station. "There are many bodies, many children," Grebennikova said and started to cry.
Videos appeared in the Russian media shooting students during the attack on mobile phones. One, published by the popular news channel Mash, showed college students who first laughed when the bomb exploded and then became silent when they realized that an explosion had happened and that shots were heard from inside] Russia's National Terrorism The committee said the investigators later found and disarmed a second explosive device in the school.
School shootings are extremely rare in Russia, which has strict gun regulations and has been deadly for over a decade. Wednesday in Crimea
In 2004, Chechen fighters confiscated a school in Beslan, Russia, for three days Hundreds of children, parents and employees held hostage. More than 300 of the hostages, more than half of them children, died in explosions and shots, even as security forces stormed the building. Recently, at least 14 children were injured in a school in the Siberian city of Perm. The Russian police said the stabbers started after two boys at the No. 127 school started to struggle with knives.
Sergey Aksyonov, the leader of the Crimea, told a group of reporters that the last death rate on Wednesday night was 18 and the killer. Aksyonov said 53 others were injured and were treated in hospitals on Wednesday, with 12 in very serious condition.
Angry parents, some who did not know where their children were, also pressed Aksyonov at the press conference, AFP reported
He said the authorities were working to find out what had triggered Roslyakov's attack. Earlier, Aksyonov said on Russian state television that the shooter had never been in trouble with the police before.
"What drove these non-humans, I do not know," said Aksyonov.
The suspect Rosljakov lived with his mother in Kerch. Local news from television reported that she is a nurse and that she helped take care of the victims at school without knowing that her son was behind the robbery.
A three-day mourning ceremony was announced in Crimea. President Vladimir Putin, who met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Siss in Sochi, called this a "tragic event". "It's already clear that this is a crime," Putin told reporters, saying the public would be notified of the findings of the investigation once the security services had completed it.
In the first few minutes after the explosion, the local authorities in Crimea – which confiscated Russia from Ukraine in 2014 – responded as if it were a terrorist attack, and the state television showed armored vehicles and heavily armed troops on the college hurried. About 200 soldiers and 10 military vehicles were stationed to help at the bomb site, TASS reported, citing local military personnel.
Kerch is a well-known city in the Crimea, the point of arrival for ferries from Russia and now for the peninsula a new 12-mile-long bridge that was built for Putin's order for $ 7 billion.