Shooting at Russian University: An unidentified person has opened fire in one of the buildings of Russia’s Perm State University, leaving several people wounded, according to preliminary reports, a source in law enforcement agencies told TASS on Monday.
“On Monday, an unidentified person entered the university building and opened fire. Some students locked themselves in universities auditoriums to hide from the attacker.
Some students jumped out of the windows. Viewer Discretion is advised for watching the following video from the incident.
Law enforcement agents are heading to the site,” the source noted. He added that there are injured people, according to preliminary reports.
Russia’s Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, said several people were also injured in the attack at Perm State University and that the suspect had been wounded while being detained.
Russia has relatively few school shootings due to normally tight security in education facilities and because of the difficulty of buying firearms legally, although it is possible to register hunting rifles.
Students jumped from first-floor windows to escape the building, landing heavily on the ground before running to safety, local media video footage from the scene showed.
The university was evacuated after the incident. Earlier on Monday, Perm State University had warned on social media that an “unknown person” began firing with a “traumatic weapon” around 11 am local time and urged all students to barricade themselves in the classrooms or leave the building.
Students built barricades out of chairs to stop the shooter from entering their classrooms, they said.
“There were about 60 people in the classroom. We closed the door and barricaded it with chairs,” student Semyon Karyakin told Reuters.
The university, which has 12,000 students enrolled, said about 3,000 people were on the campus at the time of the shooting. It had urged those who could leave the campus to do so.
The governor of the Perm Territory, Dmitry Makhonin, has reached the scene and sent his condolences to the families and friends of the victims.
The Indian Embassy in Russia said it is in touch with local authorities and representatives of Indian students.