Gunman mounts deadly assault on Russian campus

A gunman opened fire on a Russian university campus yesterday, killing at least six people in the country's second mass shooting this year to target students. People were seen throwing belongings from windows of university buildings in the central city of Perm before jumping to flee the shooter, who...

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

A gunman opened fire on a Russian university campus yesterday, killing at least six people in the country's second mass shooting this year to target students.

People were seen throwing belongings from windows of university buildings in the central city of Perm before jumping to flee the shooter, who was wearing black tactical clothing including a helmet as he walked through the campus carrying a hunting rifle.

Officers of the Investigative Committee, which probes major crimes, said 24 people were also injured - 19 with gunshot wounds - in the attack at Perm State National Research University. And the shooter - a student at the university - was wounded while being detained.

School and campus shootings are relatively unusual in Russia due to tight security at education facilities and because it is difficult to buy firearms legally, though it is possible to register hunting rifles.

President Vladimir Putin was following the investigation, the Kremlin said, adding that the health and science ministers had been ordered to travel to Perm to coordinate assistance for the victims.

Russia's last deadly attack at an educational facility took place in May, when a 19-year-old youth opened fire in his old school in the central city of Kazan, killing nine people.

Investigators said that the gunman suffered from a brain disorder, yet he was deemed fit to receive a license for a semi-automatic shotgun he used in the attack.

And on the day of that attack - one of the worst in recent Russian history - Putin called for a review of gun control laws.

A shooting in November 2019 saw a 19-year-old student in the far eastern town of Blagoveshchensk open fire at his college, killing one classmate and injuring three people before shooting and killing himself.

And in October 2018 another teenage gunman killed 20 people at a Kerch technical college in Crimea, the peninsula Russia took from Ukraine in 2014.