AUTHORITIES in Russia say the deadly attack that rocked a Crimea vocational college Wednesday morning was carried out by a fourth-year student.
Vladislav Roslyakov killed at least 19 of his schoolmates and wounded more than 50 others before killing himself, according to prime minister of Russia-annexed Crime, Sergei Aksyonov.
Aksyonov said on state television the gunman acted alone during the assault on Kerch Polytechnic College in the Black Sea city of Kerch.
Officials said the shooter had lived in the area.
A motive in the attack wasn’t immediately clear.
Though initial reports of the attack cited a detonation of some sort of improvised explosive device, it was unclear whether a bomb was used during the attack. But surveillance video soon circulated on social media purporting to show Roslyakov with a gun slung over his shoulder walking through the school, and several students described the horrifying sounds of gunfire echoing through the halls.
Russia’s Investigative Committee, the nation’s top investigative agency, said all the victims died of gunshot wounds, contrasting with the previous statements by other officials saying some were injured in an explosion.