Officials initially said an “unidentified explosive device” detonated, but now say all the victims died of gunshot wounds at the technical college in Kerch. Russian investigators said an 18-year-old student was responsible for the attack and that he had killed himself.
The incident had initially been described as a “terrorist act”, but Russia’s investigative committee has now reclassified it as “mass murder”.
The committee’s spokesman Andrei Przhezdomsky said bomb technicians were inspecting the building for other explosive devices. The explosive device was said to be homemade and rigged with shrapnel. Moscow’s senior official in Crimea said 18 people were killed and more than 40 others injured. Most of the victims were students but some were college staff. The suspect was identified as an 18-year-old student named Vladislav Roslyakov.