Moscow – A student opened fire at a university in Russia on Monday, killing six people and wounding 28, who were shot and taken into custody by police, officials said.
Other than saying he was a student, the authorities did not provide any further details about his identity or possible motive.
During the attack, Perm State University students and staff locked themselves in rooms and videos posted on Russian news sites showed some students jumping out of second-floor windows.
In some footage, a black-clad, helmeted man with a long-barreled weapon can be seen walking along the campus sidewalk. The Investigative Committee of Russia, the country’s apex body for criminal investigation, said the gunman fired a smooth-bore hunting weapon. This may indicate that he used a shotgun.
The inquiry committee said that six people died, while eight people had died. No explanation was given for the change.
Women react as students clear a building on the Perm State University campus after the shooting in Perm, Perm Krai, Russia on September 20, 2021. (Photo by Olga Yushkova/AFP via Getty Images)
According to the interior ministry, a traffic police unit first arrived at the scene and the suspect opened fire on them. When the police retaliated, he was injured and then disarmed, the ministry said. The gunman also had a knife.
Although firearms laws are strict in Russia, many people obtain permits to hunt weapons. News reports cited officials as saying the suspect had a permit for a pump-action shotgun, although it was unclear whether this was for the weapon used.
Despite firearms regulations, mass shootings do happen. In May, seven students and two teachers were killed by a gunman at a school in the city of Kazan with a registered weapon. A student at a college in Crimea, linked to Russia, killed 20 students and himself in 2018.
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 inquiry committee said 28 people were injured, some of whom were hospitalised, but did not give details. The health ministry said 19 of them were shot; It was not clear how others were injured.