8 children, guard killed in shooting at Belgrade school - GulfToday

8 children, guard killed in shooting at Belgrade school

Police block street around the Vladislav Ribnikar school in Belgrade, Serbia. AP

Eight pupils and a security guard were killed when a boy opened fired in a Belgrade elementary school on Wednesday morning, news agency Tanjug reported, quoting a source in the interior ministry.
Earlier, media had reported that a security guard was killed and five children had been injured.
One teacher was also injured and is receiving emergency treatment, Tanjug reported.

A 14-year-old boy shot his teacher in a Belgrade classroom on Wednesday morning before opening fire on other students and security guards.

Milan Milosevic, the father of one of the pupils at the Vladislav Ribnikar elementary school, said his daughter was in the class where the gun was fired.
"She managed to escape. (The boy) ...first shot the teacher and then he started shooting randomly," Milosevic told broadcaster N1.
Milan Nedeljkovic, mayor of the central Vracar district where the school is located, said doctors were fighting to save the teacher's life.

Police said a security guard was killed and five students were wounded, and that a seventh-grade student had been arrested.

"I saw the security guard lying under the table. I saw two girls with blood on their shirts. They say he (the shooter) was quiet and a good pupil. He recently joined their class," added Milosevic, who had rushed to the school after the shooting.

Officers in helmets and bulletproof vests cordoned off the area around the school.

 A parent escorts her child following a shooting at a school. AFP

"I saw kids running out from the school, screaming. Parents came, they were in panic. Later I heard three shots," a girl who attends a high school adjacent to Vladislav Ribnikar told state TV RTS.

Casualties are being treated and an investigation into the motives behind shooting is under way, police said in a statement.

Mass shootings are comparatively rare in Serbia, which has very strict gun laws. But the western Balkans are awash with hundreds of thousands of illegal weapons following wars and unrest in the 1990s.

Serbian authorities have issued several amnesties for owners to hand in or register illegal guns. 


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