6 killed in Russian college capturing, gunman in hospital

MOSCOW: A scholar armed with a looking rifle opened hearth at a college within the Russian metropolis of Perm on Monday, killing at the very least six folks and wounding many others, investigators stated.

Video proven on information web sites confirmed panicked college students leaping from first-floor home windows to flee Perm State College, round 1,300 km (800 miles) east of Moscow, touchdown closely on the bottom earlier than working to security.

“There have been about 60 folks in our classroom. We closed the door and barricaded it with chairs,” scholar Semyon Karyakin advised Reuters.

The gunman was wounded after resisting arrest, and was being handled in hospital, the Investigative Committee legislation enforcement company stated in an announcement.

College students evacuate a constructing of the Perm college campus in Perm on September 20, 2021 following a capturing. — AFP

College spokesperson Natalia Pechishcheva earlier stated the shooter had been “liquidated” however later stated he was in police custody. Footage from the scene confirmed his physique mendacity on the bottom exterior the college constructing.

The Investigative Committee had initially stated eight folks had been killed.

The gunman was recognized as a scholar on the college who had obtained the looking rifle in Might, it stated.

Native media recognized the gunman as an 18-year-old scholar who had earlier posted a photograph of himself on social media, posing with a rifle, helmet and ammunition. That picture couldn’t be independently verified.

“I’ve considered this for a very long time, it has been years, and I realised the time had come to do what I dreamt of,” stated a posting on a social media account attributed to him that was later taken down.

It indicated that his actions had nothing to do with politics or faith however had been motivated by hatred.

Russia has strict restrictions on civilian firearm possession, however some classes of weapons can be found for buy for looking, self-defence, or sport to those that meet particular necessities.

In Might, a lone teenage gunman opened hearth at a college within the metropolis of Kazan, killing 9 folks and wounding many extra.

That was Russia’s deadliest faculty capturing since 2018 when a scholar at a school in Russian-annexed Crimea killed 20 folks earlier than turning his gun on himself.

Russia raised the minimal age for purchasing firearms from 18 to 21 after the Kazan capturing, however the brand new legislation has but to come back into power. 

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