Total 8 people have died after a gunman started shooting at a University in the Russian city of perm. According to RT news reports, Russian law enforcement neutralized a gunman who went on a rampage at Perm State University (PSU) in Perm Krai region on 20th September morning, leaving eight people dead and 28 injured.
According to preliminary reports, an unidentified person opened fire in one of the buildings at PSU. The gunman entered the university around 11 am and the incident at Perm State University, located around 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) east of the capital, Moscow, Urals.
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Russia’s TASS news agency reports citing sources, “Some students locked themselves in university auditoriums to hide from the attacker. Some students jumped out of the windows. Law enforcement agents are heading to the site”.
Videos surfaced on social media which show an armed person dressed in black and wearing a helmet, slowly walking across the campus.
Russia’s Investigative Committee, the agency that handles probes into major crimes, said the gunman had been identified as an 18-year-old student at the university. He was armed with a ‘traumatic’ non-lethal weapon. Some reports say the gunman had no political or religious motives, he was acting alone.
Investigative Committee representative Svetlana Petrenko told mediapersons that the shooter was wounded during his arrest. His identity has been established, he has been detained and further investigation is underway, she added.
Ivan Pechishchev, an university’s professors told the BBC as he went to class he saw students running from a building, and people jumping out of the second floor.
“They jumped out in some horror, screaming,” he said. “One of the students told me that it was a shooting. I heard pops, everyone began to scatter in different directions. I went to my students in the second building and continued to hear the pops.”
The regional health ministry said that among those wounded got injured because of trying to escape. One of the wounded is in serious condition, while the others suffered minor injuries.
The Indian Embassy in Russia issued a statement expressing condolences over the “horrific attack”.
“Shocked at horrific attack at Perm State University in Russia; our deep condolences for loss of life & best wishes for early recovery of those injured. Embassy in touch with local authorities, representatives of Indian students. All Indian students are safe,” the statement read.