Moscow- At least eight people were killed in a gunfire on Monday on a Russian university campus, according to investigators.
A video disseminated on social media showed people throwing their belongings through the windows of a college building in the central city of Perm before jumping and escaping from the shooter.
An investigative commission investigating serious crimes said several people were injured in the attack at Permi State National Research University and a suspected university student was injured while in custody.
State media reportedly broadcast footage of amateurs taken during the attack, showing individuals wearing black tactical clothing, including helmets, carrying weapons, and walking on campus.
In a statement released by a Russian news agency, the Ministry of Health said 24 people were being treated, including 19 who had gunshot wounds. The Ministry of Health declined to comment after being contacted by AFP.
“On September 20, a student on one territory of the Perm State University of Research building fired at people around him,” the investigative commission said in a statement.
Investigators initially stated that five people were killed and six more were injured.
In Russia, educational facilities are tightly secured and it is possible to register hunting rifles, but shooting at schools is relatively rare due to the difficulty of legally purchasing firearms.
President Vladimir Putin had been notified of the shooting, the Kremlin said, adding that the Minister of Health and the Minister of Science were ordered to travel to Perm to coordinate aid to the victims.
Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters, “The president expresses his heartfelt condolences to those who have lost their families and loved ones as a result of the incident.”
Local officials said classes at local schools, colleges and colleges were canceled on Monday.
Russia’s last deadly attack on educational facilities occurred in May 2021 when nine people were killed in a fire at his old school in the central city of Kazan, 19 years old.
Investigators said the shooter was suffering from a brain disorder. However, he was considered suitable for obtaining a license for the semi-automatic shotgun used in the attack.
On the day of the attack-one of the worst in Russian history these days-Putin called for a review of gun control legislation.
In November 2019, a 19-year-old student living in the far eastern town of Blagoveshchensk fired at a university, killing one classmate, injuring three others, and then shooting and committing suicide.
In October 2018, another teenage shooter killed 20 people at the Kerch Institute of Technology in Crimea, Russia’s peninsula, which was annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
He was shown in a T-shirt-like camera image similar to Eric Harris, one of the murderers who killed 13 people in the 1999 Columbine High School mass shooting in the United States.
Crimean shooters were able to legally obtain a gun license after being trained in shooting and being examined by a psychiatrist.
The country’s FSB security services say they have prevented dozens of armed attacks on schools in recent years.
Shooting took place while Russia was counting ballots following three days of parliamentary and local elections.
Russian shootings: at least eight people killed in shootings at Perm State National Research University
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