Shock At Russia University Campus As Gunman Kills Six
Faizan Hashmi 1 month ago Mon 20th September 2021 | 11:10 PM
Moscow, Sept 20 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 20th Sep, 2021 ) :A gunman killed six people on a university campus in Russia on Monday before being detained, investigators said, leaving students and teachers shaken and terrified.
It was the second mass shooting in Russia this year to target students and came amid calls for stricter controls on access to firearms.
Video on social media showed students throwing belongings from the windows of university buildings in the city of Perm, around 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) east of Moscow, before jumping to flee the shooter.
State media broadcast amateur footage reportedly taken during the attack showing an individual dressed in black tactical clothing, including a helmet, carrying a weapon and walking through the campus.
Ivan Pechishchev, a lecturer at the university, said that when he saw students jumping out of windows he thought there had been a fire.
- Screaming and panic - "They were all in shock, there was screaming, with everyone panicking and scared. I said 'What's going on?'" and someone said there was a shooting, the lecturer told AFP.
Pechishchev, 39, said he hid with students in an auditorium for more than an hour before they were told they could leave the building.
"The city is shocked and anxious. I walked home because it was impossible to get a taxi," Pechishchev said.
"Some of them have been hospitalised with injuries of varying severity," it said in a statement.
According to unconfirmed reports, five women and one man were killed in the shooting. Among them was a student, who wanted to become a maths teacher, and a 66-year-old retired doctor, who was visiting the university with her grandson.
Investigators said the gunman resisted arrest and was wounded before being taken to a medical facility.
"After that I gave him first aid," the policeman said in remarks released by the interior ministry.
The health ministry said 19 among the wounded were being treated for gunshots.
- 'A great loss' - President Vladimir Putin said the deaths amounted to "a great loss, not only for the families who lost their children but for the whole country".
"No words can silence the grief or pain of this loss, especially since we are talking about young people just at the beginning of their lives," he said.
The Kremlin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday that despite the tightened legislation "unfortunately, this tragedy has happened, and it has to be analysed".
He was shown in camera footage wearing a similar T-shirt to Eric Harris, one of the killers in the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in the US, which left 13 people dead.