A student killed at least eight people in a shooting on Monday at a university campus in Perm (center), in the Urals, before being wounded and detained, the Russian Investigation Committee reported.
“A student who was in one of the university buildings (…) has opened fire on the people around him,” this body in charge of the most important investigations in the country said in a statement.
“As a consequence, eight people have died and several have been injured,” the committee added, noting that the number of victims “is still being determined.”
The author turned out “wounded during his arrest as he resisted”, The committee also indicated, which did not immediately give information on the shooter’s motive.
According to the Ministry of Health, cited by Russian news agencies, at least 24 people were injured, 19 of them by gunshots.
Armed incidents of this type have increased in Russia in recent years and have led to a tightening of legislation on the use of weapons.
In videos posted on social media, students are seen fleeing the shooting and jumping out of the windows on the first floor of a university building.
Another recording, taken from a window, shows an individual dressed all in black opening fire and heading towards the entrance of the building.
The assailant, whose identity was established but not disclosed, entered the campus around 11:00 am (06:00 GMT), according to the university press service.
The spokesman for the Russian presidency, Dmitri Peskov, indicated that Vladimir Putin, currently in quarantine due to a covid outbreak in the Kremlin, was informed of the event.
“The president expresses his deep condolences to those who lost family and friends in this incident,” Indian.
Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, as well as the Ministers of Health and Education, were sent to Perm, according to Russian agencies. The drama came a day after the legislative elections won by the Kremlin party United Russia, peppered with allegations of fraud.
Shootings in schools or universities were rare in Russia, where gun control was strict, but they are more frequent in recent years. President Vladimir Putin has denounced it as a phenomenon imported from the United States and a perverse effect of globalization.
The last such event was on May 11, 2021, when a 19-year-old man opened fire in his old school in Kazan (southwest) and killed nine people.
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That same day, Putin ordered a review of the regulations regarding the authorization to carry weapons, since the author of the attack had permission to use a semi-automatic weapon.
In October 2018, a student killed 19 people before committing suicide at an institute in Kerch, a city on Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula that Russia annexed in 2014.
The authorities claim to have dismantled in recent years dozens of plans to attack educational centers, usually by adolescents.
In February 2020, the security services arrested two young men, born in 2005 and of Russian nationality, who were very active on different websites advocating murder and suicide.
According to investigators, they were planning to attack a school in Saratov (southwest), on the banks of the Volga.