At least eight people were killed on Monday in Perm, central Russia, after a gunman broke into state university and shot at students, investigators told the Russian agency TASS.
“At around 11 am (6 am in France), an unknown man entered the Perm University campus with a non-lethal weapon and opened fire,” the university said in a statement.
The man could have used an air gun, according to the press service of the establishment.
He was stopped.
The university immediately encouraged its students to go and lock themselves in classrooms.
On social networks, videos are circulating where we can see young people fleeing through the windows of the building.
‼ ️ Неизвестный открыл огонь в Пермском государственном университете.
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"A student in one of the university buildings (...) opened fire on people around," said in a statement the investigation committee, this service responsible for the most important investigations in the country.
The balance sheet is "in the process of being clarified".
According to local media, the gunman was identified.
On a video filmed from a window of the university and of which the author seems terrified, the man appears dressed in black and helmet, walking in the direction of the buildings. Other images show several people lying on the ground, some in pools of blood.