Death Toll in Crimean College Shooting, Bomb Attack Rises to 20

Authorities now believe the gunman/bomber might have had an accomplice.

Death Toll in Crimean College Shooting, Bomb Attack Rises to 20

Initially, Russian officials claimed the attack was a terrorist act. Russia seized Crimea in 2014 that put additional strains on Russia-Ukraine relations. Photo iStock

The number of dead from Wednesday’s mass shooting at Kerch Polytechnic College has risen to 20, with more than 50 others injured. The gunman was described by Russian media as a loner with a fondness for “maniacs,” reports the Washington Post.

The shooting and bombing took place at a state technical college in Kerch on the Crimean coast Wednesday. The suspect has been identified as Vladislav Roslyakov, 18, who was a male student at Kerch Polytechnic College, reports Euronews. He took his own life after the attack.

Initially, Russian authorities believed he acted alone, but they are now searching for a possible accomplice, reports ABC News. They believe Roslyakov might have been coached on how to carry out the attack.

Russian officials initially claimed the attack could be the result of terrorism but then reclassified it as a “mass murder.”  A friend of the suspect told a Russian television station that Roslyakov “hated the technical school very much,” reports the BBC.

Most of the victims were teenagers.

There were conflicting reports on the weapons used and which ones caused the most fatalities. The BBC reported all of the victims died of gunshot wounds. Euronews  reported some people died as a result of a blast from an improvised explosive device filled with metal objects placed in the school’s dining room. It turns out that most of those killed were shot, and those who remain hospitalized were injured from the blast of an improvised explosive device.

Approximately 200 soldiers and 10 military vehicles responded to the attack.

Russia seized Crimea in 2014 in a highly controversial move that put additional strains on Russia-Ukraine relations.

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Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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