Eight people were killed and several others wounded after a student opened fire at a university in the Russian city of Perm on Monday. The unidentified gunman entered PSU university at 11 am and opened fire in one of the buildings.
Videos circulating on social media showed students jumping from first-floor windows to escape the building, landing heavily on the ground before running to safety. Another video making rounds on social media seems to be taken from inside the building, showing an armed person dressed in black and wearing a helmet slowly walking across the campus.
Russia’s Investigative Committee, the agency that handles probes into major crimes, said the gunman had been identified as an 18-year-old student at the university. He was armed with a ‘traumatic’ non-lethal weapon. According to unconfirmed reports, the suspect had previously made posts stating his intentions on social media.
The Indian Embassy in Russia issued a statement expressing condolences over the “horrific attack”.
“Shocked at horrific attack at Perm State University in Russia; our deep condolences for loss of life & best wishes for early recovery of those injured. Embassy in touch with local authorities, representatives of Indian students. All Indian students safe,” the statement read.