An unidentified person opened fire in one of the buildings of Russia’s Perm State University, leaving eight people dead and six wounded, according to Russia's Investigative Committee.
The Health Ministry of the Perm region reported 14 people wounded. The different numbers couldn't be immediately reconciled.
The unidentified perpetrator used a non-lethal gun, according to the Perm State University press service. Students and staff of the university locked themselves in rooms, and the university urged those who could leave the campus to do so.
The gunman was later detained, Russia's Interior Ministry said. The Investigative Committee has opened a murder probe in the aftermath of the incident.
Russia's Investigative Committee, the agency that handles probes into major crimes, said the gunman had been identified as an 18-year-old student at the university. He was armed with a ‘traumatic’ non-lethal weapon, media reports stated.