More than 40 people were taken to hospitals after the explosion and shooting at the Polytechnic College of Kerch, the number of victims reached 18.
According to the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, the 18thyear-old Vladislav Roslyakov has caused the mass shooting, the fourth-year College student - he got the profession of electrician. On Wednesday morning, September the 17th the self-made explosive device detonated in College. According to investigators, later the crime suspect walked through the building, shooting at people.
Initially considered a version of the terror attack, it was later rejected as untenable. "Based on the criminal pattern, the investigation previously considers that this young man shot people who were in College, and then committed suicide. In this regard, the criminal case initiated under Article 205 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (terrorist act), reclassified to part 2 of Article 105 of the Criminal Code (murder of two or more persons in a dangerous way)", — said the official representative of the RF IC Svetlana Petrenko.
President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to the relatives of the victims. "I hope that the victims will recover quickly, we will do everything for this," the Russian leader claimed. He also claimed that law enforcement officials and security services are carefully exploring the ground and versions of the tragedy.
Around 39 students and College staff are in the hospitals of Crimea, also two people were taken to medical institutions of the Kuban. Health professionals estimate a condition of six victims as heavy. Aviation of MES of Russia delivers to the Crimea health professionals and equipment from neighboring regions.
The news of the tragedy in Kerch shocked Russia. Crimean residents are donating blood for the victims. Moscow residents carry flowers to the Kerch Memorial on the alley of the hero-cities in the Alexander Garden near the walls of the Kremlin. Patriarch Kirill promised assistance of the Church to the injured in Kerch and the families of the victims. Memorial services for the victims of the tragedy will be held in all orthodox churches of Crimea.
Head of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov declared three-day mourning in the region. The central TV channels of Russia took entertainment programs off the air. On Wednesday evening, residents of Sevastopol will light candles near Stella of Kerch on the alley of the hero-cities in order to honor the memory of the deceased.
Russian Deputy Minister of Education Andrey Nikolaev said that additional security measures will be provided for several months in schools and colleges of Russia in order to prevent a repetition of the Kerch tragedy. "Now the government is discussing various measures on how to actually, physically protect children and youngsters... Within a few months, some decisions on this subject will appear," said Nikolaev.
The editorial staff of the Business Crimea magazine and the press service of the YIEF Foundation express the most profound and sincere condolences to the residents of Kerch, who have lost their loved ones due to the mass shooting.
We wish a speedy recovery to the wounded and patience, courage, and strength to all who were affected by the terrible events of this morning.