Serbia: At least nine killed, most of them minors, in Belgrade school shooting

File – File image of the Serbian Police. – Europa Press/Contacto/Nemanja Cabric

At least nine people have died, most of them minors, victims of a shooting perpetrated by a student at a school in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, as reported by the authorities, who have confirmed the arrest of the suspect, 14 years old, and his father, owner of the weapon used.

Police chief Veselin Milic explained that it was the suspect himself, identified by the initials K.K., who called the authorities to warn of the shooting he had just committed at the Vladislav Ribnikar Primary School in the Vracar district at around 8.40 a.m. (local time). The minor had been planning it for a month and even made a list of his targets.

Upon arriving at the center, he first shot a security guard, who lost his life, and then attacked numerous colleagues, reports daily ‘Blic’. At least eight of them have lost their lives, while the number of wounded exceeds ten – some of them are in serious or even critical condition.

The security forces have also alerted of the discovery of a backpack with a weapon and bottles with flammable liquid inside. Both this weapon and the one used to perpetrate the shooting belonged to the father of the minor, who had the appropriate licenses.

The Government has confirmed that the suspect often went with his father to a shooting range, but in his environment he had not aroused suspicion. According to his classmates, he had gone to a birthday party the day before, where he had behaved with apparent normality. He got very good grades in everything, so we called him a nerd,» said one student.

The Ministry of Education has canceled classes in all schools in the capital and three days of mourning have been decreed nationwide as a gesture of condolences for what happened. For Thursday morning, the authorities have also called for a minute of silence.