Student gunman kills 19, wounds 50 at school in Crimea

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The first victim was expected to be buried later in the day.

The distrust of the official version derives from the fact that Crimea, annexed in March 2014 after a referendum that the global community views as illegitimate, differs from Russia's other regions.

Vladislav Roslyakov stalked corridors armed with a shotgun and "killed everyone" he saw during a 15-minute shooting spree. The paper said Roslyakov's mother is a Jehovah's Witness - a Christian organisation considered "extremist" and banned in Russian Federation. A computer taken from the home where Roslyakov lived with his parents revealed little, a Crimean official said on October 18.

"There are already lots of people in the emergency room, and in the operating theatre", the TASS news agency quoted the employee as saying.

In an interview with state media, a girl claiming to be his ex-girlfriend described him as a "kind and considerate" person who had complained of bullying. Crimean leader Sergei Aksyonov told Russian television: "It was a mass murder committed by one scumbag".

Here is what we know so far about the shooting. "But this scoundrel could not have prepared this attack on his own, in my opinion, and according to my colleagues".

Residents have been laying flowers at the central square. Many were in tears and struggled to speak.

The suspected attacker was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after Wednesday's attack, which recalled shootings at schools in the United States.

An official in Crimea says all information had been deleted from the computer of the teenager who killed 19 people at his vocational school.

Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine deputy (Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction) and Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars Refat Chubarov has said Russian Federation will use the tragedy at the Kerch technical school in occupied Crimea to pressure those not loyal to the Kremlin regime, including Crimean Tatars.

However, Russian press service Krymgazsety reported that the college building was not connected to the central gas supply system, casting doubt on the theory.

Speaking at an worldwide policy conference, Putin compared Roslyakov's assault to the numerous school shootings in the United States.

President Vladimir Putin even sought to portray the attack as a "result of globalization"- wider forces that were exporting bad practices into Russian Federation. He looked around and saw a young man shooting at people, he said. "Everything started with the tragic events in schools in the U.S.", he said at a forum in Sochi, adding that unstable young people were creating "fake heroes for themselves" and "reaching out for a surrogate for heroism in the absence of the real thing".

The Prosecutor's office of ARC brought criminal proceedings under article "terrorist act" in connection with the incident at the College in Kerch.

AP points out that school shootings are rare in Russian Federation, where gun ownership is tightly restricted.

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

According to the Kerch city website, concerned about terrorist attacks, parents today do not put their children in schools and kindergartens, despite the fact that protection of school and preschool institutions has been strengthened.

Bloody victims, most of whom were teenagers, were taken to hospital in ambulances and minibuses.

Of those injured in the attack, a number remained in a "very serious condition", Russian health minister Veronika Skvortsova said.

The Investigative Committee said most of the victims were teenagers. Twenty people died in the attack and 50 more were taken to hospitals with injuries.

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