5 killed in shooting at Russian university: Law enforcement

Police block the road near the scene after a gunman opened fire at the Perm State University in Perm, Russia on Sept 20, 2021.
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MOSCOW  - A student gunman opened fire at a university in the Russian city of Perm on Monday (Sept 20), killing five people and injuring six others, law enforcement authorities said.

The gunman was detained shortly after the incident at Perm State University, located around 1,300km east of Moscow, a university spokesperson and the police said.

Students jumped from first floor windows to escape the building, landing heavily on the ground before running to safety, local media video footage from the scene showed.

Russia's Investigative Committee, the agency that handles probes into major crimes, said the gunman had been identified as a student at the university.

Russia has strict restrictions on civilian firearm ownership, but some categories of guns are available for purchase for hunting, self-defence or sport, once first floor owners have passed tests and met other requirements.

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