Russia perm university shooting
Police officers stand at the Perm State University in Perm, about 1,100 kilometers (700 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. A gunman opened fire in a university in the Russian city of Perm on Monday morning, leaving at least eight people dead and others wounded, according to Russia's Investigative Committee. (AP Photo/Anastasia Yakovleva)
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By Jim Heintz, AP

A gunman opened fire Monday at a university in Russia, leaving eight people dead and 28 hurt, officials said.

The suspect was detained after being wounded in an exchange of fire with police, the Interior Ministry said. There was no immediate information available on his identity or possible motive.

During the attack, students and staff at Perm State University locked themselves in rooms, and video posted on Russian news sites showed some students jumping out of second-story windows.

In some footage, a black-clad, helmeted figure could be seen striding on a campus sidewalk cradling a long-barreled weapon. Russia’s Investigative Committee said the gunman fired a smoothbore hunting weapon. That could indicate he used a shotgun.

A traffic police unit was the first to reach the scene, and the suspect opened fire on them, according to the Interior Ministry. He was wounded when police returned fire and then was disarmed, the ministry said.

Russia perm university shooting
Police guard an area near the Perm State University in Perm, about 1,100 kilometers (700 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Anastasia Yakovleva)

Although firearms laws are strict in Russia, many people obtain permits for hunting weapons. News reports cited officials as saying the suspect had a permit for a pump-action shotgun, although it was not clear if it was for the weapon used.

In May, a gunman opened fire at a school in the city of Kazan, killing seven students and two teachers, with a registered weapon.

Russia perm university shooting
Police officers enter the Perm State University in Perm, about 1,100 kilometers (700 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021.  (AP Photo/Anastasia Yakovleva)

The university, which has 12,000 students enrolled, said about 3,000 people were on the campus at the time of the shooting. The school is in the city of Perm, which is about 1,100 kilometers (700 miles) east of Moscow with a population of about 1 million.

The Investigative Committee said 28 people were injured, some of them hospitalized, but did not give details. The Health Ministry said 19 of them were shot; it was not clear how the others were injured.

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  1. “A gunman opened fire Monday at a university in Russia, leaving eight people dead and 28 hurt, officials said.”

    Un-possible, and a vicious lie.

    That kind of thing only happens in the US, a few dozen times each day…

    (C’mon, Sam. Take the bait, it’s *really* tasty! 😉 )

    • It will be even more strict after this. There was some other shooting in the last year or two that had Putin calling for gun control. Sorry for all the Russian gun enthusiasts that may be impacted.

  2. There was no immediate information available on his identity or possible motive.

    Probably some American White Supremecist triggered by Trump on Jan 6 (it just took him awhile to get a gun)…

  3. the gunman fired a smoothbore hunting weapon

    Well there goes the “scarry black assault rifle” talking point… Probably why it’s not wall to wall on MSDNC or Clinton News Network…

  4. Multiple stories claim that the gun was a special purpose gun, designed to fire rubber bullets. Those people who are cops or were cops might confirm that rubber bullets are fired from modified shotguns? If so, then this guy just repurposed the already repurposed shotgun.

    Of course, that invites the question: how did he get his hands on a special purpose police weapon? Maybe it just happened to fall out of a police car, and he picked it up? Or, maybe a Russian gun control fanatic left it in the men’s room, propped up in the next-to-the-last stall.

    • What they may be talking about is an ‘Osa,’ a non-lethal (allegedly) handgun-shaped ‘projector’ that shoots rubber bullets, chemical munitions, or flares. These can be bought by Russian citizens.

      Also sold in Russia and other places in Yurrop are non-lethal (allegedly) handguns that LOOK like actual live handguns, but only fire low-velocity, low-energy ‘stinger’ projectiles–but that can be modified to chamber and fire live ammunition, just not readily and not for very long until they explode.

    • And Whitman was pinned down by return fire from UT students who got their deer rifles from their vehicles and dorm rooms, giving a policeman and a civilian the chance to get out on the Tower’s observation deck and take him down.

  5. To quote a Scum Sucking Whore of an attorney named Geoffrey Silverman, “Twelve gauge shotgun, that’s small caliber isn’t it?”

      • I cite Wikipedia only with healthy skepticism. The article on shotgun slugs claims that you can’t shoot slugs through a shotgun with a choke. This misinformation is intended to enable criminals and their corrupt, scum Sucking whore attorneys to invoke the Elmer Fudd defense.

  6. It’s so nice to know that one of our enemy countries had a shooting within its boundaries. I bet they don’t call it hate crime or send in social workers.

    What next crazy Taliban member goes on a shooting spree wipes out three of his own members.🤣🤣🤣

  7. Just a point of note:

    In (non-Soviet) Russia, “assault rifles” are not able to be owned by regular citizens. However, that prohibition does not extend to shotguns, which are generally available.

    The Russian firearms laws have language that stipulates that any firearm that has a smooth bore for some or all of the length of the barrel is classified as a “shotgun”. Thus, creative reading of the rules has ownership of normal semiautomatic rifles as admissible if part of the barrel length (I don’t remember the exact length) is smoothbore, and the rest can be rifled.

    So, this guy was probably using something like this, not what we’d consider a “shotgun”.

    • Russias gunm laws work as well as any other countries. They don’t.
      Russian private gunm ownership is more then what’s been told.

    • “The Russian firearms laws have language that stipulates that any firearm that has a smooth bore for some or all of the length of the barrel is classified as a “shotgun”.”

      Didn’t someone in the US propose a firearm like that, a few years back? A smooth bore non-rife of some sort that skirted prohibitions?

      • They did, sort of. The manufacturer made a short barreled rifled barrel that had no twist, so it wasn’t a smoothbore, and it wasn’t a rifle because no twist, so it wasn’t an SBR either, and was therefore an AOW and only needed a $5 stamp. A neat trick, but, imo, not very practical.

  8. You can get a shotgun in every european country. But you can’t get a handgun. You can get shotguns in Japan and South Korea. But no handguns for you. Unless you rob a police officer of his side arm. Which they do some times in Japan.

  9. Shooter apparently used a Turkish made Huglu 12 gauge pump, this model uses screw in chokes.

    Lt. Colonel G.V. Fosbery in 1885 invented something he called the Paradox gun, which featured a short length of rifling at the muzzle. Fosbery also invented a semi-auto revolver, the Webley-Fosbery.

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