Russia fires: shooter kills eight people at Perm State University | Russia

An armed man has opened fire at a university in Russiaand left eight people dead and 24 injured.

The suspect was arrested after the shooting at Perm State University on Monday morning, according to the Interior Ministry. There was no immediate information about his identity or possible motives.

Students and staff locked themselves in rooms, and the university urged those who could leave campus to do so. The state news agency Tass quoted an unnamed source in law enforcement as saying that some students jumped out of windows of a building during the attack.

The university with 12,000 students said that about 3,000 people were on campus at the time of the shooting. The city of Perm is located about 100 km east of Moscow with a population of about 1 million.

The attacker used a pistol aimed at firing non-lethal rubber or plastic projectiles, the university’s press service said. Such weapons can be modified to fire other ammunition.

The state news agency RIA-Novosti quoted local officials as saying that the gunman owned the weapon legally.

The Ministry of Health said that 24 people were injured – 19 from gunshot wounds. It was not clear how the others were injured.

In May, a shooter opened fire on a school in the city of Kazan, killing seven students and two teachers.

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