Horrific pictures from the scene show gunman’s bag loaded with homemade bombs
Nineteen people have been killed and least 40 injured after a student opened fire at a school in Crimea today.
Vladislav Roslyakov, 18, entered the college halls with a shotgun, killing 17 students and then killing himself shortly after in the school library.
The teenager is believed to have purchased shotguns and rifles with a valid hunting license, but also developed a homemade nail bomb which he set of in the canteen blowing out the window, according to generating reports.
Horrific pictures from the scene show gunman’s bag loaded with homemade bombs and dozens of shotgun rounds.
The teenager’s father has now been taken into custody police question in an attempt to work out the motive for the horrific attack.
The DM reports: Video showed terrified students fleeing and crying during the attack on Kerch Polytechnic College which is near a new bridge connecting the region to Russia.
One student, who stated there were various bomb explosions, said: ‘There was a guy with a gun and shooting everyone he could find.’ Another added: ‘The walls were covered in blood, we climbed the fence to escape.’
Dozens of soldiers raced to the school around 12 pm local time, speculating a terrorist attack.
But Russian police later classified the killing as mass murder.
Bloody victims, most of whom were teenagers, were taken to hospital in ambulances and minibusses.
The director of the college said: ‘There were lots of corpses, corpses of kids.’
Politicians in Crimea, which Russia seized from Ukraine in 2014, were quick to apportion responsibility for the attack.
The speaker of the Crimean parliament, Vladimir Konstantinov, suggested Kiev may have been behind the slaughter.
He said: ‘The entire evil inflicted on the land of Crimea is coming from the official Ukrainian authorities’.
Close Putin ally senator Franz Klintsevich, a member of the Russian upper house security and defense committee, said:
‘I don’t think that the hand of ISIS can reach Kerch.
‘It is all more like a Ukrainian imprint. It could be conventional structures or crazy nationalists, who are ready to do anything in their hate for Russia.’
But a friend of the shooter told the BBC he ‘hated the technical school very much’ and had vowed ‘revenge’ on his teachers.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a meeting in the southern Russian resort of Sochi with his Egyptian counterpart, declared a moment’s silence for the victims.
‘This is a a crime,’ he said. ‘The motives will be carefully investigated.’