Russia shooting: gunman kills eight people at Perm State University

A gunman has opened fire at a university in Russia, leaving eight people dead and 24 hurt.

The suspect was detained after the shooting at Perm State University on Monday morning, according to the interior ministry. There was no immediate information on his identity or possible motive.

Students and staff locked themselves in rooms, and the university urged those who could leave the campus to do so. The state Tass news agency cited an unnamed source in law enforcement as saying that some students jumped out of windows of a building during the attack.

The university of 12,000 students said about 3,000 people were on the campus at the time of the shooting. The city of Perm is about 700 miglia (1,100km) east of Moscow with a population of about 1 milioni.

The attacker used a gun designed to fire non-lethal rubber or plastic projectiles, the university press service said. Such weapons can be modified to fire other ammunition.

The state news agency RIA-Novosti cited local officials as saying the gunman owned the weapon legally.

The health ministry said 24 people were hurt – 19 from bullet wounds. It was not clear how the others were injured.

A maggio, a gunman opened fire at a school in the city of Kazan, killing seven students and two teachers.

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