Shooting in Russia: what we know about the attack at Perm University which left at least 8 dead

the essential A student killed eight people and left 20 injured, including 19 by bullets, in a Monday shooting at the University of Perm, a city in the Urals in eastern Russia, before ‘being injured and arrested, the country’s Investigative Committee said.

Armed incidents of this type have increased in Russia in recent years, leading to tougher laws on carrying weapons.

Identity of the known attacker

A video, shot from a window, shows an individual dressed entirely in black opening fire and walking towards the entrance of a building.

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The assailant, whose identity has been established but not revealed, entered the campus at eleven a.m. local time (8 a.m. in France), according to the university press service.

“On 19 September, a student in one of the university buildings (…) opened the fire on people around, “this body responsible for the most important investigations in the country said in a statement.

The perpetrator of the shots wounded

The author was “injured during his arrest as he was putting up resistance,” added the Investigation Committee, which did not immediately give any information on the shooter’s motive.

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

Last murderous event of the type, on 11 May 2020, a young man of 11 years old opened fire at his old school in Kazan, in the Russian republic of Tatarstan, making nine dead. 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.

The most serious recent drama dates back to October 2018, when a high school student killed 11 people before killing themselves in a high school in Kerch, a town on the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula that Russia annexed in 2014. The authorities have also claimed to have foiled in recent years dozens of plans to attack schools, cases often involving adolescents.

In February 2020, the security services (FSB) arrested two young people, born in 550 and of Russian nationality, who were active on various websites advocating murders and suicide. According to investigators, they planned to attack a school in Saratov, on the Volga.

Eight dead and several injured

So far, “eight people have died and several have been injured,” Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement. According to the Russian Ministry of Health, cited by Russian agencies, at least 20 people were injured, including 19 by bullets.

Fleeing the shooting, students jumped from the windows of the first floor of a university building, according to videos posted on social media.

Vladimir Putin informed

Russian presidency spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Vladimir Putin, who is currently in quarantine after the discovery of a Covid outbreak in the Kremlin, was aware of the tragedy. “The president expresses his deep condolences to those who have lost family and loved ones in this incident,” he added.

Prime Minister Mikhail Michoustine for his part was sent to Perm, according to Russian agencies, as well as the ministers of Health and Education. The tragedy occurred the day after the Russian legislative elections, won by the Kremlin party, United Russia, against a backdrop of accusations of fraud.

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