Russia: Several dead after university shooting in Siberia

World Monday 20/September/2021 16:27 PM
By: DW
Russia: Several dead after university shooting in Siberia
Several students were also injured, after an individual opened fire at Perm State National Research University.

Moscow: A gunman opened fire at a university in the Russian city of Perm on Monday morning, leaving six people dead and several wounded, Russia's Investigative Committee said.

The gunman was later detained, Russia's Interior Ministry and a university spokesman said. Initially, authorities said that the gunman had been killed after the shooting, but later reported that he had been wounded and taken to a hospital.

It is the second mass shooting at an education facility in Russia this year.

Students and staff locked themselves in the rooms, and the university urged those who could leave campus to do so. Some reportedly fled through windows.

The perpetrator, who was an 18-year-old student at the university, used a "traumatic" firearm, according to the Perm State University press service. Such guns are designed to fire non-lethal rubber or plastic projectiles, but can be modified to fire other ammunition.

The student had earlier posted a social media photo of himself posing with a rifle, helmet and ammunition.

"I've thought about this for a long time, it's been years and I realized the time had come to do what I dreamt of," he said on a social media account attributed to him that was later taken down.

He indicated his actions had nothing to do with politics or religion but were motivated by hatred.