Shooting at Russian university leaves 8 dead, 24 hurt

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MOSCOW: Eight people were killed and 24 others injured when a gunman opened fire at a Russian university on Monday morning.

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According to the Interior Ministry, the gunman was taken into custody after a shooting at Perm State University. There was no immediate information about his identity or possible motive.

University students and staff locked themselves in rooms, and the school urged those who could leave campus to do so. The state Tass news agency, citing an unnamed source in law enforcement, said some students jumped out of the windows of a building during the attack.

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The university, which enrolls 12,000 students, said about 3,000 people were on campus at the time of the shooting. The school is in the city of Perm, about 1,100 kilometers (700 mi) east of Moscow, with a population of about 1 million.

The University Press Service said the perpetrator used a gun designed to fire non-lethal rubber or plastic projectiles. Such weapons can be modified to fire other ammunition. State news agency RIA-Novosti quoted local officials as saying that the gunman was legally in possession of a weapon.

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The health ministry said 24 people were injured, 19 of whom were shot. It was not clear how the others were injured.

In May, a gunman opened fire at a school in the city of Kazan, killing seven students and two teachers.

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