Baby-faced boy, 13, who shot dead eight students and a security guard in Serbian school massacre after making kill list of classmates to ‘liquidate
Alleged shooter, Kosta Kecmanovic, 13, was arrested in the school yard was armed with two guns and two petrol bombs
Seventh-grader Kecmanovic, according to police, had planned everything meticulously, even compiling a list with the names of children he wanted to kill and their classes
Eight children and guard have been killed in a mass shooting at a school in Serbia’s capital, Belgrade at 8.40am on Wednesday
Six students and a teacher were also injured
Police said Kecmanovic called police himself when the depraved attack was over
Kosta Kecmanovic, 13, [photo] has been identified by police as the suspected shooter. The teen allegedly, had made a ‘kill list’ of classmates to liquidate in a plot hatched over a month
Eight children and their guard have been killed after a 13-year-old boy opened fire in his classroom at a Belgrade school early Wednesday morning, Serbian police announced.
Baby-faced teenage gunman, Kosta Kecmanovic, 13, has been identified by police as the suspected shooter. Images circulated of his was arrest at the Vladislav Ribnikar primary school yard, as he was led away with his face covered.
Police were seen escorting the seventh grade student who allegedly, fired several shots at the Vladislav Ribnikar primary school in Belgrade, killing nine people at the elementary school in Belgrade, Serbia, on Wednesday morning
Kecmanovic reportedly, drew up plans for the massacre over a month, making ‘horror movie-like’ sketches of classrooms, Belgrade’s police chief, Veselin Milic, revealed.
He was armed with two guns and two petrol bombs and had planned everything meticulously, even compiling a list with the names of children he wanted to kill and their classes, according to Milic.
Terrified students hid under their desks amid ‘non-stop shooting’ at around 8.40 this morning. Kecmanovic then called police himself when the depraved attack was over, according to police sources.
Distraught parents wait outside the police cordon after eight students and a guard were shot dead by a 13-year-old boy in a mass shooting incident where the seventh-grade student opened fire in his classroom
The shooter drew sketches of classrooms and wrote a list of children he planned to ‘liquidate’ in the school massacre. The local police chief said that Kecmanovic called police himself when the depraved attack was over
At least eight children and a security guard were killed in the gun rampage and there are fears that the death toll could rise even further, with a teacher also fighting for their life.
The shooter first killed a guard at the school in central Belgrade and then three students in a hallway, according to Milic.
He then entered a classroom – apparently choosing it simply because it was close to the entrance – and opened fire again, Milic said. Body bags have since been brought out of the school to a van outside.
His drawing, which was shown to reporters, looked like ‘something from a video game or a horror movie,’ Milic said, ‘which indicates that he planned in detail, by classes, whom to liquidate.’
Most students were able to flee through a back door, according to a local official.
The call about a shooting at the Vladislav Ribnikar primary school came around 8.40am, on Wednesday morning, police said in a statement
Terrified parents rushed to the school in the Vračar neighborhood in central Belgrade. Distraught relatives gathered outside the school as news of the tragedy emerged, with many seen clutching their children as they made their way out of the school
Milan Milosevic, a father of one of the students at the school said his daughter was in the history class where the shooter opened fire, ‘randomly’, at other children as they cowered under their desks.
Milosevic told Serbian TV station N1that his daughter, ‘managed to escape.
‘He [the shooter] fired first at the teacher and then the children who ducked under the desks,’ Milosevic quoted his daughter as saying.
‘They say he [the shooter] was quiet and a good pupil. He recently joined their class.’
Devastated families comfort each other in group hug outside the school as they tried to come to terms with what had happened on Wednesday
Milosevic said that he rushed out to the school when he heard what had happened.
‘I asked where is my child but no one could tell me anything at first,’ he said. ‘Then she called and we found out she was out,’ adding ‘I saw the security guard lying under the table. I saw two girls with blood on their shirts.’
Terrified students were seen crying outside the school, which is an elementary school going up to grade eight for children aged six to 15
Family members were reeling as news of the shooting emerged, as fearful relatives rushed to the elementary school
Family members were reeling as news of the shooting emerged. Serbia has not seen a school shooting of this scale in decades as fearful relatives rushed to the elementary school and were seen consoling one another in the aftermath of the massacre
As mourners are leaving tributes to victims outside the school, Serbia’s Interior Ministry said in an updated statement that eight children and a security guard were killed in the shooting, while six children and one school teacher were wounded.
‘All police forces are still on the ground and are intensively working to shed light on all the facts and circumstances that led to this tragedy.’
The 13-year-old shooter first killed a guard at the school in central Belgrade and then three students in a hallway, according to senior police official Veselin Milic.
He then entered a classroom – apparently choosing it simply because it was close to the entrance – and opened fire again, Milic said.
The assailant called police himself when the attack was over, though authorities had already been alerted to the shooting.
A student who was in a sports class downstairs when the gunfire erupted said: ‘I was able to hear the shooting. It was non-stop.’
The shooting has rocked the Balkan state, which has not seen a mass shooting in a decade
‘I didn’t know what was happening. We were receiving some messages on the phone.’
The student who heard the violence unfold, identified only by her initials, E.M. because of her age, described the suspect as a ‘quiet guy’ who ‘looked nice.’
‘He was having good grades, but we didn’t know much about him,’ the student added. ‘He was not so open with everybody. Surely I wasn’t expecting this to happen. ‘
Police stand guard outside Vladislav Ribnikar school in Belgrade, Serbia after Wednesday morning’s mass shooting
‘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 school adjacent to Vladislav Ribnikar told state TV.
Milan Nedeljkovic, mayor of the central Vracar district where the school is located, said doctors were fighting to save a teacher’s life.
Nedeljkovic said the school’s security guard likely prevented more deaths by putting himself in front of the shooter.
The guard ‘wanted to prevent the tragedy and he was the first victim,’ Nedeljkovic told reporters told journalists live on television outside the school.
‘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.
Police sealed off the blocks around the school, in the center of Belgrade.
Officers in helmets and bulletproof vests cordoned off the area around the school, which is in the Vračar neighborhood in central Belgrade.
A row of ambulances were seen [photo], parked on Kralja Milutin Street outside the school, the area around which was cordoned off
Local media footage from the scene showed commotion outside the school as police removed the suspect, whose head was covered as officers led him to a car parked in the street.
Casualties are being treated and an investigation into the motives behind the shooting is under way, police said in a statement, without elaborating.
The Interior Ministry statement revealed that : ‘seventh grade student is suspected of firing several shots from his father’s gun in the direction of students and school security.’
Police sealed off the blocks around the Vladislav Ribnikar school, in the center of Belgrade
The school is located in Vračar, a wealthy area of the city where a number of embassies are based.
A row of ambulances were pictured parked on Kralja Milutin Street outside, as police sealed off the blocks surrounding the school.
Mass shootings in the country are extremely rare, the last being in 2013 when a Balkan war veteran killed 13 people in a central Serbian village.