An unidentified man opened fire from an assault rifle on the campus of the Perm State National Research University (PGNIU), after which he continued shooting in the building.
According to Russia’s investigative committee, preliminary data suggests that at least 8 people were killed and about 20 were injured.
A source of state outlet RIA in the emergency services said that 19 people were injured, seven were hospitalized, one is in serious condition, six were moderately injured.
According to the Ministry of Health, 24 patients were provided with medical assistance, 19 of them have gunshot wounds.
An airplane with special equipment and a team of anesthesiologists-resuscitators, surgeons and traumatologists were sent from Moscow to Perm.
The attacker was detained, he was wounded, and was identified a student of the Perm State National Research University.
“The investigation collects characterizing materials about him, establishes all the circumstances of the incident,” said the official representative of the Investigative Committee Svetlana Petrenko.
The attacker was detained by a traffic policeman, who was the first to come on the spot.
“An eyewitness ran into the office, reported that shooting was heard near the university, after which my partner and I rushed to check this information. We saw people running out of the university… Shooting was also heard, ” the police officer said.
At the moment, when he entered the main building, his partner organized the evacuation.
“I ran into the building, I saw an armed young man coming down. I shouted: “Drop it!”, after which he fired at me. After that, I used my firearm. The young man fell, I ran up to him, neutralized him, took his gun, ammunition and knife, then I provide him with medical assistance, ” he said.
The attacker received the weapon in a legal way, a source in the emergency services of the region said.
The VKontakte Russian social media platform deleted the suspect’s morning post and blocked his page.
A criminal case was initiated on the murder of two or more people.
Classes at the university, schools, technical schools and colleges have been canceled. It was decided to maximize “all security measures” in educational institutions.
Taxi drivers began taking students home for free away from the university.
The prosecutor of the Perm Territory Pavel Bukhtoyarov and the governor Dmitry Makhonin arrived at the scene.
Also, on behalf of Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, the heads of the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Health Valery Falkov and Mikhail Murashko are flying into the city.
The authorities promised to help the victims and relatives of the victims. Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to the wounded and the families of the victims.
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