A student opened fire at Perm State University campus in central Russia, killing at least eight, and injuring other six people, investigators said, in the second mass shooting at an education facility this year.
“The gunman was himself killed after the shootings at Perm State University, around 1,300 km (800 miles) east of Moscow,” Natalia Pechishcheva, a university spokesperson, said.
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.
“Students built barricades out of chairs to stop the shooter from entering their classrooms,” they said.
The gunman was identified as a student at the university, the Investigative Committee, that handles probes into major crimes, 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 student who had earlier posted a social media photo of himself posing with a rifle, helmet, and ammunition.