The young man arrested this past Wednesday after firing 25 shots with a shotgun at the facilities of the UPV / EHU campus on Leioa (Vizcaya) had bought the firearm that same morning on the ‘Milanuncios’ portal, and shortly before the attack he had been practicing with it at a shooting range in Artxanda, as reported by the Security Councilor, Josu Erkoreka, who has indicated that “everything seems to indicate” that, as several witnesses maintain, the person arrested only intended to cause material damage at the university.
Erkoreka, in statements to the media upon his arrival at the Basque Parliament, explained that the Ertzaintza investigation into what happened has not yet ended, but that “probably throughout the morning” the 21-year-old arrested for the attack will be brought to justice.
The counselor stressed that the Ertzaintza acted “quickly and effectively” to arrest this person, who was shooting “left and right” at the UPV / EHU faculty facilities in Leioa, but did not cause personal injury . Erkoreka has specified that the first notice about what was happening reached the regional police, via telephone 112, at 6:40 p.m., and that just 40 minutes later, at 7:20 p.m., the arrest had already taken place.
The police investigation indicates that this young man fired 25 shots, although Erkoreka has acknowledged that it is possible that he fired “some more.”
Regarding the reasons that this person could have for acting in this way, he stressed that “it is not up to the Ertzaintza or the Department of Security to determine the” deep psychological motivations “of the attacker, which, where appropriate, should be analyzed in the course of the judicial process by the experts in the field.
No resistance in stopping
In any case, it has specified that the detainee “did not offer resistance” at the time of his arrest. In addition, it has reported that, apparently, the young man acquired the shotgun used in the attack on the same morning of this past Wednesday, through the sale portal ‘Thousand advertisements “, and that shortly before the attack he had been carrying out practices in the Artxanda shooting range, a mountain near Bilbao Erkoreka added that the detainee formalized the registration of the weapon at the Civil Guard barracks in La Salve (Bilbao), shortly after purchasing it.
The counselor, however, has stated that it is too early to determine whether or not the attack responded to a premeditated plan, although he has acknowledged that “everything seems to indicate” that, as some witnesses maintain, the young detainee did not intend to hurt anyone. and he directed his attack only against material goods of the university.