Shooting on Russian campus, at least 8 killed

A student opened fire on a university campus in Central Russia Monday, killing at least eight people, investigators said. This is the second mass shooting at an educational facility in 2021.

Russia’s Investigative Committee, which investigates major crimes, said several people were also injured in the attack at Perm State University and that the suspect was injured during his arrest.

Investigators had previously stated that five people had died and six were injured.

Russia has a relatively low record of shootings on campus because security is usually tight at educational facilities and because it is difficult to legally purchase firearms, although it is possible to register hunting rifles.

An investigator inspects the scene of a shooting at Perm University, Russia, September 20, 2021. (AFP PHOTO / Investigative Committee of Russia)

An investigator inspects the scene of a shooting at Perm University, Russia, September 20, 2021. (AFP PHOTO / Investigative Committee of Russia)

Videos circulating on social media showed students throwing their belongings from windows of buildings on the campus before jumping out to escape the shooter.

State media broadcast amateur footage reportedly taken during the attack. The footage shows a person wearing black tactical clothing, including a helmet, carrying a gun and walking through the campus.

The last such deadly attack occurred in May 2021, when a 19 -year -old gunman opened fire on an old school in Kazan, Central Russia, killing nine people.

Investigators said the man had a brain disorder. But he was deemed fit to be licensed to own the semi-automatic rifle he used in the attack.

On the day of the attack, one of the worst in recent Russian history, President Vladimir Putin called for a review of the gun control law.

Investigators inspect the scene of a shooting inside the Perm university building, September 20, 2021. (Russian Investigative Committee via AFP)

Investigators inspect the scene of a shooting inside the Perm university building, September 20, 2021. (Russian Investigative Committee via AFP)

In November 2019, a 19-year-old student in Blagoveshchensk, Russia’s Far East, opened fire on his campus, killing a fellow student and wounding three others before committing suicide.

In October 2018, another teenager shot dead 20 people at the Kerch technical college in Crimea, a peninsula Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014. He is caught on camera wearing the same shirt as Eric Harris, one of the teens who carried out the shooting. at Columbine High School in the US in 1999, which killed 13 people.

Shooters in Crimea can legally obtain a gun after they undergo shooting training and a psychiatrist’s examination.

The state security service, the FSB, says it has prevented dozens of armed attacks on schools in recent years.

In February 2020, the FSB said it had detained two teenagers suspected of planning an attack with weapons and improvised bombs against a school in the city of Saratov.

The authorities claim that young Russians are increasingly exposed to the bad influences of the internet, particularly from the West. [uh/lt]

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