Spanish University shooter bought gun on the web

Spanish University shooter bought gun on the web
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Spanish University shooter bought the gun on the web only hours before the shooting.

The shocking events at the Spanish University happened on Wednesday, October 13. Fortunately, no one was injured. The gunman fired at least 25 shots at the UPV/EHU campus in Leioa in Biscay.

According to the Minister of Security, Josu Erkoreka, the gunman had only bought the firearm the same day. The shooter had taken time to practice at a shooting range in Artxanda. Erkoreka explained that “everything seems to indicate” the man had only intended to cause damage to property at the University. This is backed up by witnesses of the events.


Erkoreka commented as he arrived at the Basque Parliament that the Ertzaintza is still investigating the event. He expected that at some point on Thursday the detainee would be brought before the courts.

Officers have arrested a 21-year-old man for the attack at the University.

Erkoreka highlighted how the officers from the Ertzaintza had acted “quickly and efficiently”. He explained how the shooter had fired “left and right” at the University. No injuries were sustained though.

The police were alerted to the incident shortly before 7pm. In under 40 minutes, the perpetrator of the attack had already been arrested.

According to the police investigation, the man had fired 25 shots. Erkoreka explained that more shots had possibly been fired though. He also said that the shooter had taken the time to register the weapon with the Guardia Civil.

The man had registered the weapon soon after buying it at the Guardia Civil barracks in La Salve in Bilbao.


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.


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