Five killed in shooting at Russian university

Moscow, September 20 (BNA): An armed student opened fire on a university in the Russian city of Perm on Monday, killing five people and wounding six others, according to law enforcement authorities.

A spokesman for the university and police said the gunman was arrested shortly after the incident at Perm State University, about 1,300 km east of Moscow.

Video footage from local media from the scene showed the students jumping from the first-floor windows to escape the building and falling hard to the ground before running to safety.

The Russian Investigative Committee, the agency that investigates major crimes, said the gunman had been identified as a university student.

Russia has strict restrictions on civilian ownership of firearms, but some classes of weapons are available for purchase for hunting, self-defense or sporting purposes, once potential owners have passed tests and other requirements are met.

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