Student Shoots at Least 8 People Dead at Russian University

A student gunman opened fire at a university in the Russian city of Perm on Monday, killing at least eight people and injuring scores more, the Investigative Committee of Russia (SKR) reported.

The shooter was detained shortly after the incident at Perm State University, which is around 900 miles from the capital Moscow. The SKR, the agency that handles probes into major crimes, reported that the shooter had been "neutralized."

Natalya Pechishcheva, a university spokesperson, said the shooter was "liquidated" and several local media outlets reported that the gunman had died after being wounded by police.

The health ministry said 24 people were receiving treatment for their injuries, including 19 who had received gunshot wounds, according to a statement carried by Russian news agencies.

Video footage from the scene showed students jumping from the first floor of the school building to the ground and fleeing for their safety. The incident occurred just after 11.30 a.m. local time.

reports of another school shooting in Russia; this time at Perm State University. Russian agencies say there are casualties. pic.twitter.com/jkeyGDLO05

— Mike Eckel (@Mike_Eckel) September 20, 2021

Other footage appeared to show the suspect wearing black tactical clothing and a helmet and carrying a firearm before he enters the building.

Мужчина с оружием и в каске убил одного человека еще на подходе к зданию университета. ТГ-канал 112 сообщает о трех погибших в результате нападения. pic.twitter.com/3GnBa08Tjx

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The gunman was identified by the SKR as a teenage male student at the university.

The motive for the shooting is unknown.

On its VKontacte page, the university said the shooter entered the premises at around 11 a.m. local time and that students were told to immediately close their classroom and office doors and stay put.

"The president expresses sincere condolences to those who have lost family and loved ones as a result of this incident," President Vladimir Putin's spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Newsweek has contacted the university for further comment, as well as the SKR.

The last school shooting in Russia took place in May, where seven 8th-grade pupils and two adult teachers were killed in the city of Kazan. Twenty-one others, mostly children, were injured. The 19-year-old shooter, Ilnaz Galyaviev, was found to be a former student.

Russia has strict rules around civilian gun ownership, but some types can be bought for hunting, self-defense or sport, once would-be owners have passed tests and met other requirements.

On June 28, Putin implemented a new law that raises the minimum age for buying hunting rifles and long-barrelled guns from 18 to 21.

The law also provides additional restrictions on owning weapons. Before, people convicted of serious crimes couldn't legally own a gun, but now anyone convicted or under investigation for the consumption of drugs can be denied a firearm license. Those caught drunk-driving also will be temporarily banned from getting a gun license.

The head of the Russian Guard, Viktor Zolotov, proposed tightening gun laws in May after the Kazan school shooting, where Galyaviev used an officially registered weapon.

Stock photo of Russian police car
A stock photo of a Russian police car. A student gunman opened fire at a university in the Russian city of Perm on Monday, killing eight people and injuring six others, the Russian Investigations Committee reported. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP