By Jessica Loomes
At least 19 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a shooting that took place at a college in Crimea on Wednesday 14 October. According to Russian investigators, a student ran through the halls at Kerch Technical, open firing at fellow pupils before killing himself at the scene.
The attacker has been identified as Vladislav Roslyakov, 18. Roslyakov’s motive for the attack has not been made public yet, although reports from Russia’s RBC TV claim he told friends that he “hated the school very much” and vowed revenge on his teachers. Classmates state that Roslyakov was very reserved, he was a loner and stopped using social networks long ago.
The National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC), has stated that an “unidentified explosive device” had also detonated at the polytechnic college. Metal strips around the device acted as shrapnel despite most of the deaths were a result of gunshot wounds (said the countries Investigative Committee.) Investigators claim another explosive device had been found in Roslyakov’s personal belongings but had been successfully disarmed. The NAC also noted that there is a high probability there was more than one attacker.
As a result of the use of explosive devices by the attacker, the incident was first declared a terrorist attack but was reclassified as a “mass murder.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to the relatives of the victims.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu details that the emergency response operation that took place consisted of four military planes ready to transport victims and military hospitals if necessary.
Five attacks have taken place in Russia over the past year where multiple children were injured, yet this attack still comes as a shock to most people. In Ketch, questions are circulating as to how the shooter managed to obtain a licence for the gun.