At approximately 12:00 pm local time, 18-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov entered the halls of his college carrying a “hunting gun.” He left a homemade “nail-bomb” in a canteen on the campus, setting off an explosion that blew out windows. Roslyakov then opened fire on his fellow classmates, killing 17 people before shooting himself in the library.
The incident took place at Kerch Polytechnic College in Crimea.
One student who was shot during the attack died hours later in the hospital. According to a report by the Daily Mail, that brings the total to 19 dead while another 12 are fighting for their lives. Many more were also wounded.
Most of the victims were teenagers. “There were lots of corpses, corpses of kids,” said the college’s director.
One student who witnessed the incident stated, “There was a guy with a gun and shooting everyone he could find.”
“The walls were covered in blood,” another student added. “We climbed the fence to escape.”
“A shooting took place after the explosion,” said Igor Mikhailichenko, a Crimean official, when describing the incident. “The gunman had a hunting gun.”
Initially, dozens of soldiers were sent to the school as the incident was suspected to be a terror attack. However, Russian police later reclassified it as a mass murder.
“This is not a terrorist act,” said Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov during a televised interview. “It’s a mass killing committed by one scumbag.”
Pictures from the scene showed students being carried away from the scene on stretchers, there clothing in tatters after being struck by shrapnel from the blast, though the bomb reportedly did not cause any deaths.
Other images showed a bag the shooter was carrying which appeared to be filled with additional homemade explosives as well as shotgun rounds.
The shooter’s father, who is separate from the boy’s mother, was taken into custody for questioning as local authorities try to determine a motive for the attack.
The homes of both of the parents were searched.
Friends of the shooter stated that he “hated his studies and vowed revenge on his teachers.”