17 Oct 2018 18:02

Kerch attacker got hunting weapon license in Oct - Crimea children's rights commissioner

MOSCOW. Oct 17 (Interfax) - The student who went on a shooting spree at a school in Kerch obtained a license for a hunting weapon in October, Crimean Children's Rights Commissioner Irina Klyuyeva told Interfax.

It is necessary to determine how he managed to do so, she said.

"This guy received a license to use a hunting weapon in October. I don't know the system for receiving weapons, I don't have weapons, but I didn't think that such young people could do that. It is necessary to look into the situation. He was surely supposed to undergo medical evaluations, psychologists - a person can't get a weapons license just like that, not even for hunting," Klyuyeva told Interfax.

It is necessary to look deeply into the possible influence of social media on the student; "there is a need for a comprehensive approach to find out what he did," she said.

"We know that the example of U.S. students hasn't gone anywhere. It is periodically brought up by some forces on social networks. And our younger generation is heavily influenced by social networks," Klyuyeva said.

An explosion and shooting took place at the Kerch Polytechnic School on Wednesday. According to the latest information, 19 people were killed.

A criminal case was initially opened on terrorism charges, but it emerged later that a student, Vladislav Roslyakov, was the perpetrator. He committed suicide after the attack. The case was requalified as murder.

The Emergency Situations Ministry's main department for Crimea declared a state of emergency. A three-day mourning period was declared in Crimea.