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At least eight dead and several injured after gunman opens fire at Russian university

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At least eight people have been killed and several are injured after a gunman opened fire at a university in the Russian city of Perm, officials have said.

The gunman at Perm State University has since been “neutralised”, according to the independent Russian news agency Interfax.

Students and staff of the university locked themselves in rooms during the incident, and the university urged those who could leave the campus to do so.

The Tass news agency quoted police as saying that some students jumped out of windows of a building during the incident.

It is not immediately clear whether those reported wounded sustained injuries from the shooting or from trying to escape the building.

A car of Russia's National Guard is seen at the scene after a gunman opened fire at the Perm State University in Perm, Russia September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Anna Vikhareva NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES
Image: Students and staff locked themselves in rooms during the attack

The Russian Investigative Committee said the suspect had been identified and that he was “wounded” while being arrested.

Local media identified the gunman as an 18-year-old student who had earlier posted a photo of himself posing with a rifle, helmet and ammunition, on social media.

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“I’ve thought about this for a long time, it’s been years and I realised the time had come to do what I dreamt of,” he
said on a social media account attributed to him that was later taken down.

He indicated his actions had nothing to do with politics or religion but were motivated by hatred.

Law enforcement officers work near the scene after a gunman opened fire at the Perm State University in Perm, Russia September 20, 2021, in this still image taken from video. REUTERS/Anna Vikhareva NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES
Image: Law enforcement officers work near the scene

Forensic investigators have been sent to the university to assist with the police investigation.

Perm is situated about 700 miles (1,127km) east of Moscow, with a population of about one million. The university enrols some 12,000 students.

Russia has strict restrictions on civilian firearm ownership, but some categories of guns are available for purchase for hunting, self-defence or sport, once would-be owners have passed tests and met other requirements.

 Sky News

© Sky News 2021

Written by: Rother Radio News


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