MOSCOW — A gunman has killed at least eight people and injured 11 at a university in central Russia on Monday, authorities said.
The gunman was later detained, according to Russia’s Interior Ministry.
The death toll from the attack at Perm State University was confirmed by the Russian Investigative Committee, a federal law enforcement agency which has now opened a murder investigation.
Russia’s Health Ministry said seven people were being treated in nearby hospitals, one of whom is in a serious condition. Four are being treated at the scene, according to the Interfax news agency.
The Investigative Committee said the gunman was wounded during his arrest. His identity has not been released but is known to authorities, the committee said.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Tass news agency that President Vladimir Putin “expresses his deepest condolences to those who lost their relatives and friends as a result of this incident.”
Health minister Mikhail Murashko and a team of specialist medics were to urgently fly to Perm, the Health Ministry said.
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The shooting began at around 11 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET), the university said in a statement on the Russian social network VK.com.
The emergency message said:
“Attention! At about 11 o’clock, an unknown person entered the territory of the Perm University campus with a traumatic weapon and opened fire on the street.”
The Russian phrase “traumatic weapon” usually refers to a non-lethal weapon such as a pistol firing rubber bullets, although they can be converted to fire regular bullets.
Video posted to social media appeared to show people jumping out of windows and a man in black carrying a rifle and walking through campus. It is unclear how many injuries were caused by the gunman or people falling while attempting to escape. All classes were cancelled.
Perm is the main city in the state of Perm Krai, about 900 miles east of Moscow.
School shootings are relatively rare in Russia, but in May this year a gunman opened fire at a school in the city of Kazan, killing nine people including seven children.
Tatyana Chistikova reported from Moscow, and Patrick Smith and Bianca Britton reported from London.
Bianca Britton contributed.