at least 6 dead in mass shooting at Perm National Research University – .

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Moscow — A gunman opened fire on a Russian university campus on Monday, killing at least six people, investigators said, in the country’s second mass shooting this year against students. Videos circulating on social media showed people throwing personal effects from the windows of university buildings in downtown Perm before jumping to flee the gunman.

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Police block the road near the scene after a gunman opened fire at Perm State University in Perm, Russia on September 20, 2021.
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The investigative committee, which is investigating major crimes, said several people were injured in the attack at the Perm State National Research University and the suspect, a university student , had been injured during his detention. The committee initially put the death toll at eight, but later revised it to six.

State media released amateur footage believed to have been taken during the attack, showing an individual dressed in black tactical clothing, including a helmet, carrying a gun and walking around campus.

In a statement released by Russian news agencies, the health ministry said 24 people were receiving treatment, including 19 with gunshot wounds. The health ministry declined to comment when contacted by AFP.

“On September 20, a student, who was in the territory of one of the buildings of the National Research University of the State of Perm, opened fire on his entourage,” said the commission of inquiry. in a press release.

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Students react as they gather outside Perm State University in Perm, about 700 miles east of Moscow, Russia, on September 20, 2021.
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School shootings are relatively unusual in Russia due to strict security in educational institutions and because it is difficult to buy guns legally, although it is possible to register guns from hunt.

President Vladimir Putin had been informed of the shooting, the Kremlin said, adding that the ministers of health and science had been ordered to travel to Perm to coordinate assistance to the victims.

“The president expresses his sincere condolences to those who lost their families and loved ones as a result of the incident,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Regional authorities said classes at local schools, colleges and universities were canceled on Monday.

Russia’s latest deadly attack on an educational institution took place in May 2021, when a 19-year-old opened fire at his old school in downtown Kazan, killing nine people.

Investigators said the shooter suffered from a brain disorder. But he was deemed fit to receive a license for the semi-automatic shotgun he used in the attack.

On the day of the attack – one of the worst in recent Russian history – Putin called for a review of gun control laws.

In November 2019, a 19-year-old student from the Far Eastern town of Blagoveshchensk opened fire on his college, killing a classmate and injuring three others before shooting and committing suicide.

In October 2018, another armed teenager killed 20 people at a technical college in Kerch in Crimea, the peninsula that Russia annexed to Ukraine in 2014.

He was shown in camera footage wearing a T-shirt similar to that of Eric Harris, one of the killers in the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in the United States, which left 13 dead.

The Crimean shooter was able to legally obtain a firearms license after receiving marksmanship training and being examined by a psychiatrist.

The country’s FSB security service says it has prevented dozens of armed attacks on schools in recent years.

The shooting took place as Russia counted the ballots after three-day parliamentary and local elections.

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