Calgary Herald - - NP - Matthew Bod­ner

•Atleast­19peo­ple were killed and scores more in­jured at a col­lege in Crimea Wed­nes­day when a stu­dent det­o­nated an ex­plo­sive de­vice be­fore open­ing fire with a hunt­ing ri­fle.

The at­tacker was caught on se­cu­rity cam­eras en­ter­ing Kerch Polytech­nic Col­lege in the Black Sea city of Kerch and fir­ing at stu­dents. It iden­ti­fied him as Vladislav Roslyakov.

Sergey Aksy­onov, the Krem­lin–ap­pointed head of Crimea, said the sus­pect was an 18-year-old stu­dent at the col­lege. He was iden­ti­fied in the Rus­sian press as Vladislav Roslyakov, and had re­port­edly ob­tained a hunt­ing li­cence — al­low­ing him to pur­chase ri­fles and shot­guns — last month.

A photo of Roslyakov with a ri­fle on a cam­pus stair­well was widely cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia after the at­tack.

Re­ports sug­gest that as well as det­o­nat­ing the ex­plo­sive de­vice, Roslyakov opened fire on fel­low stu­dents and teach­ers. He then killed him­self in the li­brary.

Videos from the scene cir­cu­lated on Rus­sian so­cial me­dia. One fea­tured an uniden­ti­fied woman who said: “The col­lege was blown up. We ran and kids just laid there. My friend was killed right be­fore my eyes. I saw her fall and she didn’t move any more. I saw how the boys just fell.”

An­other eye­wit­ness said: “They ran across the sec­ond floor with ma­chine guns — well I don’t know what they had — open­ing rooms and killing every­one that they could find, every­one they came across.”

Rus­sian tele­vi­sion said Roslyakov’s mother, a nurse at a lo­cal hos­pi­tal, was help­ing the wounded, un­aware that her son was the sus­pected at­tacker. It quoted those who knew Roslyakov as say­ing he was not very so­cia­ble and of­ten put gloomy posts on his so­cial me­dia page.

A video pub­lished by lo­cal news out­let ru showed the head of the school de­scrib­ing the events as an­other Bes­lan, re­fer­ring to the 2004 ter­ror­ist siege on a school in North Os­se­tia that re­sulted in the death of over 300 peo­ple, many of them chil­dren.

School shoot­ings are rel­a­tively rare in Rus­sia, where ac­cess to firearms is tightly re­stricted, but at­tacks are not un­heard of us­ing other weapons.

Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin held a brief press con­fer­ence Wed­nes­day to call for a mo­ment of si­lence for the vic­tims and said in­ves­ti­ga­tors were work­ing to un­der­stand Roslyakov’s mo­tives.

An uniden­ti­fied stu­dent told the RBC news agency that the shooter, “very much hated the school be­cause of its evil teach­ers.” Roslyakov had hinted he planned to “take re­venge on them,” said the source, who claimed to be the shooter’s friend.

Crimea, for­mally rec­og­nized by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity as part of Ukraine, has been un­der Rus­sian con­trol since 2014 fol­low­ing Moscow’s an­nex­a­tion of the Black Sea penin­sula.


A CCTV im­age ap­pears to show stu­dent Vladislav Roslyakov, 18, stalk­ing the halls of Kerch Polytech­nic Col­lege.


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