- In a rare mass shooting that rocked Serbia and the neighbouring Balkan area, an unidentified 14-year-old suspect in Belgrade killed eight of his schoolmates and a security officer.
On Wednesday morning, the adolescent assailant began shooting while using his father's firearms.
“He even had names of kids he wanted to kill,” said the witness.
"At first, I believed it was nothing serious," a witness who was a schoolgirl told Al Jazeera. "I assumed someone was tossing firecrackers in the hallways. In contrast, I afterwards witnessed a security guard collapse to the ground We all hurried to safety when I ran and informed the PE teachers about the gunshots above.
An additional student reported that teachers secured the building quickly.
"I witnessed my instructors leaving. At first, they sealed the building and urged us to remain in the classrooms since we were not permitted to leave.
Reports stated that a teacher was also critically hurt and that at least one of the six injured students was in a life-threatening situation and awaiting surgery.
Parents rushed at the school in terror as word of the shooting spread, searching for their children.
- According to Milan Milosevic, whose daughter was reportedly in a history lesson at the time of the shooting, he hurried outside as soon as he heard what had happened. He told N1 television that he did this.
He said that when he first questioned, “Where is my child?,” no one was able to respond. “She called after that, and we discovered she was away.”
Vladislav Ribnikar’s neighbouring high school student told state television RTS, “I saw kids running out from the school, screaming.” “Parents attended. Panic had gripped them. After that, I heard three gunshot.
The suspect was taken by police, who escorted him to a car parked on the street while covering his head. Local TV footage from the incident showed confusion outside the school while this was happening.
illicit guns as a result of conflicts and turbulence in the 1990s, despite Serbia's tight gun restrictions, which make mass shootings there relatively uncommon.
13 people were murdered in a hamlet in the centre of Serbia in 2013 by a veteran of the Balkan conflict.
For owners who turn in or register illicit firearms, Serbian authorities have made a number of amnesties available.
Nationwide shock, according to Ognjen Zoric of Al Jazeera, who was reporting from Belgrade.