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Teenager shoots dead eight people, wounds several at Russia's Perm university - ABC News

A student gunman opened fire at Perm State University in Russia, killing six people and injuring several others, law enforcement authorities have said.

The gunman, who was identified as a student at the university, was initially reported to have been killed in the aftermath but Russian authorities later said that was not the case and added he was being treated in hospital.

The university is located near the Ural Mountains, about 1,300 kilometres east of Moscow.

Earlier media footage from the scene showed students jumping from first-floor windows to escape the building, landing heavily on the ground before running to safety.

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Students built barricades out of chairs to stop the shooter from entering their classrooms, they said.

"There were about 60 people in the classroom. We closed the door and barricaded it with chairs," Semyon Karyakin told Reuters.

Local media identified the gunman as an 18-year-old who had earlier posted a social media photo of himself posing with a rifle, helmet and ammunition.

"I've thought about this for a long time; it's been years and I realised the time had come to do what I dreamt of," he said on a social media account attributed to him that was later taken down.

He indicated his actions had nothing to do with politics or religion but were motivated by hatred.

Russia has strict restrictions on civilian firearm ownership, but some categories of guns are available for purchase for hunting, self-defence or sport, once would-be owners have passed tests and met other requirements.

This shooting is the latest in a recent spate of incidents throughout the nation.

In May, a lone teenage gunman opened fire at a school in the city of Kazan, killing nine people and wounding many more.

That was Russia's deadliest school shooting since 2018, when a student at a college in Russian-annexed Crimea killed 20 people before turning his gun on himself.

Russia raised the legal age for buying firearms from 18 to 21 after the Kazan shooting, but the new law has yet to come into force. 

ABC/Reuters

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