In Russia, six dead, several injured in shooting at Perm State University

At Perm University (Urals), Russia, September 20, 2021.

Six people were killed and several injured by a student in a shooting on Monday (September 20) on the campus of Perm State University in the Urals, according to the Russian Federation’s investigative committee.

“A student in one of the university buildings (…) opened fire on people around. According to updated data, six people have died ”, said the Russian investigative committee, downgrading the previous death toll of eight. At least twenty-eight people were injured.

The author of the killing, who “Put up a resistance”, was injured during his arrest, added the committee, which, for the time being, did not give information on the motive of his act or on his identity, the Kremlin evoking for its part problems “Psychic”.

In a video released by the Home Office, Police Second Lieutenant Konstantin Kalinin recounted how he and his partner rushed to the campus when told about the shooting. “I saw a young man with a gun on the stairs. I shouted: “Coward [ton arme]“, But he pointed his gun at me and fired, so I made use of my gun”, he said, specifying to have touched the suspect, then to have rescued him.

Students jumped out of the windows

According to the investigation committee, the gunman was armed with a “Smooth-bore hunting rifle” which he had acquired in May, that is to say before the hardening of the legislation on the carrying of weapons decided following a previous bloody shooting in a school.

Students fleeing the shooting jumped out of the windows on the first floor of a university building, according to videos posted on social media.

Another video, shot from a window, showed an individual dressed entirely in black opening fire and walking towards the entrance of a building. The assailant, whose identity has been established but not revealed, entered the campus at 11 a.m. (8 a.m. in Paris), according to the university press service.

Russian Presidency spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Vladimir Putin – who is currently in quarantine due to the discovery of a Covid-19 outbreak in the Kremlin – was expressing “His deep condolences” relatives of the victims. “It is obviously a young man with mental problems”Mr Peskov said of the suspect.

Strict gun control

Shootings in schools or universities were rare in Russia, where gun control is strict, but they have tended to become more frequent in recent years. Mr. Putin even denounced a phenomenon imported from the United States, a perverse effect of globalization.

Last such deadly event, May 11, 2021, a 19-year-old young man opened fire at his old school in Kazan, in the Russian republic of Tatarstan, killing nine people. The same day, the Russian president ordered a review of the rules concerning the carrying of weapons. The perpetrator of the attack in Kazan, who had been arrested, carried a permit for a semi-automatic weapon.

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The most serious recent drama dates back to October 2018, when a high school student killed 20 people before killing himself at a high school in Kerch, a town on the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula that Russia annexed in 2014.

The authorities also claimed to have foiled, in recent years, dozens of plans to attack schools, cases often involving teenagers.

In February 2020, the security services (FSB) arrested two young people, born in 2005 and of Russian nationality, who were active on various websites where they defended murders and suicide. According to investigators, they planned to attack a school in Saratov, on the Volga.

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The World with AFP

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