Thursday, October 21, 2021

Firing at Russian University, 6 killed, 28 injured

MOSCOW: A student opened fire at a Russian university on Monday, killing six people and injuring 28, before being shot and taken into custody by police.

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.

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A group of students gather near Perm State University in Perm, about 1,100 kilometers (700 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, on September 20, 2021. (Anastasia Yakovleva/AP Photo)

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.

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.

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Police officers run to Perm State University in Perm, about 1,100 kilometers (700 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, on September 20, 2021. (Anastasia Yakovleva/AP Photo)
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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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