13 Year Old Boy Carries Out Planned Attack, Leaving Nine Dead At Serbian School
A 13 year old boy carries out planned attack, leaving nine dead at Serbian school. The planned attack carried out by the 13-year-old boy at a school in Belgrade, Serbia has left eight students and a security guard dead, with six others injured.
The boy used two handguns that belonged to his father to execute the attack, firing first at the guard and three girls in a hallway, before moving to a history lesson where he shot his teacher and classmates.
The attacker had planned everything carefully and had even made a list of names of the children he wanted to kill, according to Veselin Milic, the head of Belgrade police.
Gun ownership is widespread in Serbia, which has witnessed several mass shootings over the past decade. As the country prepared for three days of national mourning, President Aleksandar Vucic announced tougher curbs on gun ownership, including a moratorium on new gun licenses other than for hunting, revision of existing permits, and surveillance of shooting ranges and how civilians store their weapons.
Serbia has had a history of unaccounted-for weapons, with hundreds of thousands of firearms still missing after the Balkan wars of the 1990s. While gun laws are strict in Serbia, civilian gun ownership remains high. According to the 2018 Small Arms Survey, Serbia is ranked third globally with 39.1 firearms per 100 people, and over 78,000 people hold hunting licenses.
Serbia school shooting: 13-year-old arrested after killing 9 in "planned" attack
The shooter, who gave himself up to the police, is below Serbia's age of criminal responsibility, which is 14 years old. He will be placed in a psychiatric institution. The boy's father and mother have been arrested, and the father had held the guns legally.
School shootings are rare in Serbia, and the incident has shocked the country. Thousands of people gathered in the neighbourhood of the elementary school in the evening to lay flowers and light candles. The dead security guard was remembered by locals as a gentle and peaceful man who loved the kids.
The attack has left the country in shock, with many struggling to comprehend how a 13-year-old boy could carry out such a horrific act.
(The boy) first shot the teacher and then he started shooting randomly...I cannot stop thinking about it. I have children, and I hope that we will never see such images in the future.- Parent Milan Milosevic
Evgenija, 14, who knew the suspected gunman, said, "He was somehow silent and appeared nice and had good grades. Did not know much about him, he was not that open to everyone. I would never expect that this could happen."
Health Minister Danica Grujicic, who witnessed the impact of the Balkan wars, told reporters in tears that Wednesday's events were "perhaps the most horrifying experience I have had as a doctor and as a human being."
The deadliest shooting in Serbia since the Balkan wars was in 2013, when a 60-year-old man killed 14 people. Other mass shootings occurred in 2007, 2015, and 2016, with all assailants being adults. The attack has brought to light the need for stricter gun laws and better regulation of firearms in the country.