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Who is Sandijs Dreimanis?(Teenager, 18, who stormed Crawley College armed with fake gun and knife is facing jail as he pleads guilty over attack that left two teachers injured) Wiki, Bio, Age, Instagram, Twitter & Quick Facts

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A teenager who walked into a university with a gun and began shooting at students and staff, causing them to flee in terror, is facing jail time.

Sandijs Dreimanis, 18, entered Crawley College, in West Sussex, armed with a fake gun and knife, in April 2021.

He pulled the gun out of his pocket and began shooting, causing staff and students to run for their lives, a court heard.

Today at Lewes Crown Court, Dreimanis, originally from Latvia, pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm with the intent to cause fear.

In an earlier hearing, he also pleaded guilty to two counts of assault causing actual bodily harm and one count of possession of a knife-edge item on school property.

Armed police were moved to Crawley College on April 26, after receiving reports of a masked man brandishing a gun in the car park.

Dozens of police snipers, including counter-terrorism officers from nearby Gatwick Airport, stormed the campus and searched classrooms as a helicopter hovered overhead.

They called for the support of the Surrey, Kent and Metropolitan Police who attended, along with the dog units.

Suspect

As the incident unfolded, two university professors, Peter Davidson and Simon Wilson, ran towards the gunman.

They reportedly tackled the suspect, who was also armed with a knife, and tackled him to the ground.

Both men suffered stab wounds but managed to pin the attacker to the ground until police arrived.

No other injuries were reported during the incident and police seized a blank pistol and a knife after Dreimanis was arrested shortly after 3:20 p.m.

Dozens of police snipers, including counter-terrorism officers from nearby Gatwick Airport, stormed the campus and searched classrooms, as a +6 helicopter flew overhead.

Shooting

After Dreimanis, a student at Crawley College, pulled the gun from his pocket and began shooting, staff and students ran for their lives, a court heard.

The incident occurred shortly after lunch when Dreimanis, a Crawley College student, walked onto campus wearing a black mask and hoodie and pulled the imitation handgun from his pocket.

He pointed the gun at his fellow students and began shooting, causing terrified teens to run for their lives, a court heard.

“He was telling people, ‘Run, run,'” said 17-year-old Elise Stellebotte. “It was all pretty scary.

Elise, who is studying for a degree in auto mechanics, said she and her classmates left their classrooms after hearing gunshots.

She said: ‘I heard several shots very quickly and everyone came out of the classroom.

‘I saw the gunman. He was wearing a black cougar hoodie and a mask. He was only a few feet away and I could see that he had this gun in his hand and he was waving it around.

“I don’t think he was very old, but it was hard to see him behind the mask and the hoodie.

He pointed the gun at my tutor, Steve Hopkins, and fired, but it was just blanks, thank God. He was so surprised.

He continued ranting and yelling telling people, “Run, run.” He was trying to scare people, deliberately.

“No one knew what was going on and I tried to approach him but they told us to go back to the classroom.

Everyone was pretty petrified. We had no idea what was going on and it’s concerning with all the terrorist attacks you hear about.

“I heard that he stabbed the professor in the hand when he tried to take him down and I also heard that he may have stabbed himself as well.

‘One of my classmates almost had a panic attack and people were very scared. Then the police came and there were armed snipers everywhere and the helicopter was in the air.

Attack

It was the scariest thing ever. Everyone thought it was a terrorist attack and we all went back to the building for security.

Police snipers were seen on the roof of the university and armed response units patrolled the grounds and conducted room-by-room searches of the facility.

Armed police eventually left the university after the incident was deemed unrelated to terrorism.

Sussex Police later praised the two teachers who had approached Dreimanis for his bravery.

When Dreimanis appeared at Crawley Magistrates Court in April, prosecutor Melanie Wotton said she had made “full admissions” in interviews with police.

Chief Inspector Shane Baker of the Crawley Neighborhood Watch Team said: “I would like to personally thank everyone who helped bring this incident to a safe conclusion, especially the two university staff whose exploits have not been passed unnoticed”.

“They put themselves in harm’s way to protect their students, co-workers, and the general public, and I am enormously grateful for their quick-thinking actions.”

After being charged, Dreimanis appeared at Crawley Magistrate’s Court in April 2020, where prosecutor Melanie Wotton said he had made “full admissions” in police interviews.

She told the court that Dreimanis had “wanted the armed policemen to come and shoot him”.

The case did not open today, but the court heard that Dreimanis faces jail time when he is sentenced on March 11.

Sandijs Dreimanis Quick and Facts

  • Sandijs Dreimanis entered Crawley College armed with imitation gun and knife 
  • He pulled the pistol from his pocket and fired, causing staff and students to run
  • April 26 incident saw armed police and counterterrorism officers swarm college 
  • Dreimanis pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear
  • He previously admitted two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of possession of a bladed article on school premises
  • Lewes Crown Court heard Dreimanis is facing jail when he is sentenced in March

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