Seven survivors of a shootout at a central Russian university that left six dead and 28 others injured are to be airlifted to Moscow for treatment on Tuesday, according to a senior education official.
MOSCOW – Seven survivors of a shootout at a central Russian university that left six dead and 28 injured are to be airlifted to Moscow for treatment on Tuesday, according to a senior education official.
Science and Higher Education Minister Valery Falkov said on Tuesday that the shooting at Perm State University on Monday was a “grave tragedy” and offered his condolences to the families of the victims.
“Those who survived (I wish) the fastest recovery. Today, seven children will be transported to Moscow for treatment, ”Falkov said at a memorial ceremony in Perm, a city of one million people 1,100 kilometers (700 miles) to the east. from Moscow.
The Tass state news agency reported that the flight with the seven survivors on board had already left for Moscow.
Falkov said later Monday in a meeting with university directors that most of those hospitalized “are on the mend”.
A student opened fire on the university Monday morning, causing other students and staff to lock themselves in rooms during the attack. A video posted on Russian news sites showed students jumping out of second-floor windows.
The investigation committee said six people were killed and 28 people were injured. The health ministry said 19 of them had been shot; we did not know how the others had been injured. According to the committee, the shooter fired with a smoothbore hunting weapon. This could indicate that 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 injured when the police responded, then was disarmed. The shooter also had a knife, the ministry said.
Although gun laws are strict in Russia, many people obtain hunting licenses. News reports quoted officials as saying the suspect had a permit for a shotgun, although it is not clear if that was the weapon used.
School shootings are rare in Russia, but the Perm attack was the third such shootout in recent years. In May, an armed man opened fire on a school in the city of Kazan, killing seven students and two teachers with a registered weapon. A student at a Russian-annexed Crimean college killed himself and 20 students in 2018.
After the Kazan shooting, President Vladimir Putin called on the National Guard to tighten gun regulations. Russia then passed a law raising the minimum gun purchase age from 18 to 21.