The suspect was detained following the violent incident, which happened at around 11:27 a.m. local time at Perm State University, Russia's Interior Ministry said. Details about the gunman and a possible motive were not immediately available. Officials initially reported that eight people died in the shooting but updated the number in a subsequent statement.
Staff and students at the school locked themselves in their rooms during the shooting, with school officials encouraging those who could leave the campus to do so. An unnamed source reported that some students jumped out of windows during the attack, the state news agency Tass said.
The gunman used a weapon designed to fire non-lethal rubber or plastic bullets, according to the university's press release. These types of guns can be modified to fire other types of ammunition, and the gunman owned the weapon legally, according to state news agency RIA-Novosti.
reports of another school shooting in Russia; this time at Perm State University. Russian agencies say there are casualties. pic.twitter.com/jkeyGDLO05
— Mike Eckel (@Mike_Eckel) September 20, 2021
Authorities announced later that the gunman was in intensive care following the shooting on Monday, according to the Russian Investigative Committee.
The university enrolls nearly 12,000 students — approximately 3,000 people were on the campus during the shooting. The school is located in the city of Perm, roughly 700 miles (1,100 km) east of Moscow.
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