A 14 year old teenager killed 8 students this Wednesday, a student and a security guard in a school of belgrade, Serbia, when he fired a handgun at his classmates and teaching and security staff. In addition, there are seven injured.
The attacker, who is a student of the institute, “came out into a corridor and used a firearm. Sadly, the guard died of his injuries, a teacher was seriously injured, children were injured (…) four or five children,” Milan Nedeljkovic, president of the Vracar district in central Belgrade, told reporters at first.
“In the shooting that took place this morning at the Vladislav Ribnikar elementary school in Vracar (in the center of Belgrade), eight children and a guard were killed, while six children and a teacher were injured and hospitalized“The ministry said in a statement.
The young man suspected of committing the crime was found and detained in the courtyard of the “Vladislav Ribnikar” elementary school, located near the center of Belgrade.
“All police forces are still working intensively on the ground to shed light on all the facts and circumstances that led to this tragedy,” read the statement, which was posted by the Serbian Ministry of Public Affairs on Facebook.
The seventh grader fired a gun, allegedly belonging to his father, at several students and members of the school’s security team.
Numerous police patrols with special intervention teams are deployed in the school area, near the center of Belgrade, and are working to ascertain the facts and circumstances that led to the tragedy.
Sinisa Ducic, director of the “Tirsova” hospital, one of the clinics where the injured were treated, told local television that three children were hospitalised, one of whom was a girl with serious head injuries.
While this is rarely the case in Serbia, people with guns remain from the Balkan wars in the 1990s, and many Serbs keep guns at home for protection.
The closest precedent was a shooting in 2013, which left 13 dead, after a 60-year-old man opened fire in a town near Belgrade.
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