Students react as they gather outside the Perm State University in Perm, about 1,100 kilometers (700 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. A gunman opened fire in a university in the Russian city of Perm on Monday morning, leaving at least eight people dead and others wounded, according to Russia’s Investigative Committee. (AP Photo)
UPDATED 7:42 AM PT – Monday, September 20, 2021
A shooting at a college in Russia has left at least eight people dead and more than a dozen others wounded. Russia’s Investigative Committee reported a student opened fire at Perm State University on Monday.
There are conflicting reports as to whether the suspect was killed or detained at the scene. Earlier footage shows the gunman, later identified as an 18-year-old-student, approaching campus in black tactical gear and carrying a rifle.
Social media videos show students jumping from windows to escape, in turn, landing heavily on the ground and running to safety. Students unable to flee the scene built barricades to stop the shooter from entering their classroom.
Reports say the suspect posted a photo of himself on social media posing with a rifle and helmet prior to the shooting. He wrote he had thought about this for years. The suspect indicated his actions had nothing to do with politics or religion, but were motivated by hatred.
Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesperson, made a statement noting that Russian President Vladimir Putin “conveys his deep condolences to those who lost their relatives and friends as a result of this tragedy.”