Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Teenager kills 19 in Crimea college shooting

Teenager kills 19 in Crimea college shooting

The regional health ministry said six of the injured were in an extremely serious condition and eight in a serious condition. A second explosive device was found among the suspect's personal possessions.

Pupils and staff who survived the assault have described scenes of mayhem as people tried to flee the building.

"The authorities physically aren't able to check every teenager for hidden aggression", Drize said.

The Telegram channel 112 identified the man as Vladislav Roslyakov, an 18-year-old fourth-year student of the polytechnic college.

They described photographs circulating on the internet showing Roslyakov wearing a similar T-shirt to Eric Harris, one of the Columbine killers.

According to the RIA Novosti agency, security forces raided Roslyakov's family home following the killings.

After the attack, local officials declared a state of emergency on the Black Sea peninsula that Russian Federation annexed from Ukraine.

Though initial reports of the attack cited some sort of improvised explosive device going off, it was unclear whether a bomb was used during the attack. Investigators said his body was found with self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Officials said at least 19 were dead.

In another attack in January, two teenagers stabbed children and their teacher with knives, wounding 15 people, and then attempted to kill each other before being detained.

National guard units had reached the scene of the "act of terrorism"' he told Interfax.

The Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper quoted student Semyon Gavrilov as saying he fell asleep during a lecture and woke up to the sound of shooting.

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The Tass news agency reported most of the victims were students.

President Putin meanwhile said the killing was the "result of globalisation" and the continuation of a trend that had begun in the US.

"I want to express condolences to the relatives of the dead and express the hope that the injured recover as quickly as possible", the president added, calling for a minute's silence to mourn the victims.

Putin said the tragedy in Kerch is a signal that the humanity is failing to adapt to new realities of the globalized world.

A student at the college who asked not to give his name told AFP that "I was in a class when I heard shooting on the first floor".

Officials though appear to be mostly grappling with a phenomenon grimly familiar in the USA but all but unknown in Russian Federation - mass school shootings.

A gunman burst into a college in the Black Sea region of Crimea, set off a bomb in the cafeteria, and went through the building shooting, officials and the college's director said.

An unnamed witness who worked nearby said in a video on Kerch.tv website victims "were taken away in public transport, in minibuses and buses, with 2 or 3 people in each ambulance".

"All of the victims were taken to nearby hospitals". The paper said Roslyakov's mother is a Jehovah's Witness - a Christian organisation considered "extremist" and banned in Russian Federation.

"I heard an explosion and saw glass shards and window frames falling down", student Roman Voitenko said in remarks broadcast on Russian state television.

Russia's Investigative Committee, the nation's top investigative agency, said the attacker was caught on security cameras entering Kerch Polytechnic College in the Black Sea city of Kerch and firing at students.

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