Moscow, 20 September 2021 (dpa/MIA) – A man opened fire at a university in the Russian city of Perm, killing eight and injuring some 20 people, investigators said on Monday morning, according to the Interfax agency.
The attacker was killed, according to the university in the city about 1,200 kilometres east of Moscow. Initially, there had been reports of an arrest.
Videos on the social network Telegram showed people jumping out of windows. Inside the building, students barricaded the doors with chairs and tables. They had been told to lock themselves into the lecture halls.
Lecturers said that they had barricaded themselves into their offices to take cover from the masked man.
At first, nothing was known about the perpetrator’s motives. A murder investigation has been initiated.
According to media reports, the young man had previously announced the act on social media without naming a clear motive.
President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to the victims’ families, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told Interfax on Monday.
Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin instructed the ministers of health and education to fly to Perm to assist the university.
Another shooting in the Russian city of Kazan, about 700 kilometres east of Moscow, in May left nine dead and 23 wounded, most of them children.
Police arrested a 19-year-old suspect who had legally possessed a weapon and is being investigated for murder.