Shooting in Russia: Sniper kills eight people at Perm State University

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Shooting in Russia: Sniper kills eight people at Perm State University


An armed man opened fire on a university in Russia, killing eight and injuring 24.

The suspect was arrested after the shooting on Monday morning at Perm State University, according to the Interior Ministry. There was no immediate information on his identity or possible motive.

Students and staff locked themselves in rooms, and the university urged those who could leave campus to do so. The Tass state news agency quoted an anonymous law enforcement source as saying that some students jumped out of a building’s windows during the attack.

The 12,000-student university said about 3,000 people were on campus at the time of the shooting. The city of Perm is located approximately 1,100 km east of Moscow and has a population of approximately 1 million.

The attacker used a weapon designed to fire non-lethal rubber or plastic projectiles, the university press service said. These weapons can be modified to fire other ammunition.

The state-run RIA-Novosti news agency quoted local officials as saying the gunman legally owned the gun.

The health ministry said 24 people were injured, including 19 from gunfire. It was not known how the others had been injured.

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

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