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Six Dead in Russian University Mass Shooting


Police officers stand at the Perm State University in Perm, about 1,100 kilometers (700 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Sept. 20, 2021.

At least six people were killed in the Russian city of Perm after a gunman opened fire at a university Monday. Many more were reported wounded.

Video from the event reportedly shows students at Perm State University jumping out of first-floor windows to escape.

"There were about 60 people in our classroom. We closed the door and barricaded it with chairs," student Semyon Karyakin told Reuters.

Some reports say the gunman, who was wounded while being taken into custody, was identified as an 18-year-old student at the school.

While Russia has strict gun laws, the assailant reportedly used a lawfully purchased hunting rifle.

"The citizen who started the shooting in Perm had a shotgun legally," Valery Gribakin, spokesman for the Russian national guard, told state news agency TASS.

The incident in Perm, which is about 1,300 kilometers east of Moscow, is the second school mass shooting in Russia this year. In May, a gunman killed seven children at a school in Kazan.

Some information in this report comes from Reuters.