Teenage gunman kills 19 at Crimea college

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He said he believes that the 18-year-old shooter Vladislav Roslyakov must have had accomplices in order to methodically attack so numerous students and teachers after saying he hated them for humiliating him.

The incident was first treated as a possible terror attack but Russian authorities are now taking it as a case of mass murder.

Mourners lay flowers on a monument in the Alexander Garden, Moscow, Russia, as a sign of mourning for the victims of the attack at a vocational school in Kerch in Crimea.

However Crimean leader Sergei Aksyonov told Russian Rossiya-24 television that the death toll had risen to 18, with more than 40 injured.

Investigators are working to establish the teenager's exact motive and whether he was working alone.

The girl, who broke up with Roslyakov at an unspecified time before the killing, said he was a shooting enthusiast.

In the immediate aftermath of the incident, the authorities declared an emergency in Crimea and Russian Federation sent National Guard troops to protect schools and a new 19-kilometer bridge connecting Crimea with Russian Federation.

Russia's health minister says at least 10 of the wounded in a shooting by a student at a vocational school in Crimea will be airlifted to hospitals in Russian Federation.

While such school shootings are rare in Ukraine and Russian Federation, which illegally annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014, AP reported that the bloodbath raised questions about school security, as the Kerch school had only a front desk with no security guards.

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Aksyonov said Kerch Polytechnic College would reopen Monday, while Russia's National Guard placed armed guards around all schools and daycare centers throughout Kerch.

An 18 year-old student, Vladislav Rosylakov, has been identified by police as the attacker.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a meeting in the southern Russian resort of Sochi with his Egyptian counterpart, declared a moment's silence for the victims. Russia's National Guard said on October 18 that it has now deployed officers and riot police to all schools and colleges in Kerch.

Dozens more remain hospitalized in Kerch. "Young people with unstable minds create false heroes for themselves".

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 attack prompted calls for the security services in Russian Federation to have greater control over the Internet.

Aksyonov said Roslyakov had recently received a permit to own the shotgun after passing routine background checks.

"The children's muscles are all "minced", basically, with small pieces of metal", Skvortsova told reporters in Kerch, "We have found nuts and metal balls in the liver, guts, and blood vessels of those whose internal organs were ruptured".

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.

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