MOSCOW-The death toll in a shooting-and-bombing rampage at a Crimea college campus rose to 20 Thursday as grisly details emerged about an attack that drew comparisons to school shootings in the U.S.
It is reported that an 18-year old student, Vladislav Roslyakov, studying at the vocational school is the one that carried out the attack. Russian Federation in the past few years has seen several school shootings that authorities say were reportedly inspired by gun violence in the U.S.
Residents of the Black Sea city of Kerch brought flowers and toys to a makeshift memorial outside the school on Thursday morning.
Sergei Aksyonov, the Russian-backed head of the government in Crimea, said it was impossible to conceive that 18-year-old suspect Vladislav Roslyakov had prepared the attack by himself.
Investigators are working to establish the teenager's exact motive and whether he was working alone.
"I saw my friend Dasha get killed".
"If you monitor the Crimean media, there is propagated hatred for Ukraine, the Crimean Tatars", Chubarov said, adding that Russian law enforcement agencies on the occupied peninsula would ratchet up repressions against Crimean Tatars.
The Kerch attack was by far the deadliest carried out by a student in Russian Federation, raising questions about school security. Security footage showed him entering the Kerch Polytechnic College, where he was a fourth-year student armed with a 12-gauge pump action shotgun and bags police said were filled with homemade grenades.
At least 19 people have been reported dead after a mass shooting and an explosion that happened at a college in Crimea.
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Putin said at a forum in the southern city of Sochi that the killing was the "result of globalisation" and the continuation of a trend that had begun in the US.
Weeping families and friends laid flowers and held vigils on Thursday as they struggled to understand why 18-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov gunned down students before killing himself in what local press dubbed "Russia's Columbine", a reference to a 1999 United States high school massacre.
Security has been stepped up in the city of 150,000, which sits in the far east of Crimea and is where a recently-opened bridge links the Russian mainland to its new territory.
The attack prompted calls for the security services in Russian Federation to have greater control over the Internet.
"Young people with a fragile mental state are creating false heroes for themselves", he said.
Most of the people killed died from gunshot wounds, and those who ended up in hospital were injured from a blast from an improvised explosive device packed with shrapnel.
"The children's muscles are all 'minced, ' basically, with small pieces of metal", Skvortsova said. "Those who have their organs ripped apart, we are finding metal balls in kidneys, intestines, in blood vessels". Civilians can own only hunting rifles and smooth-bore shotguns and must undergo significant background checks.
He was speaking during talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and made the statement before the Investigative Committee said the crime was a mass shooting rather than a terrorist attack.