Eight persons killed, 28 injured in Perm University shooting attack - Investigative Committee
MOSCOW. Sept 20 (Interfax) - Eight persons have been killed and 28 required medical attendance as a result of the armed attack at Perm State University, Russian Investigative Committee spokesperson Svetlana Petrenko said.
"As a result of the crime, eight persons were killed and 28 required medical assistance; some of them have been hospitalized with traumas and injuries of varying degrees of severity," Petrenko told reporters on Monday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended deep condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the Perm shooting incident and has tasked Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin with sending Science and Higher Education Minister Valery Falkov and Health Minister Mikhail Murashko to the scene to help the injured.
"The president has been briefed on the events in Perm, at the university. He has tasked Prime Minister Mishustin with sending ministers Falkov and Murashko to Perm, so that they can organize assistance to the injured and the families of the people killed as a result of the tragedy," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
"The president offers his heartfelt condolences to everyone who has lost their nearest and dearest as a result of this incident," Peskov said.
Meanwhile, the Perm territorial prosecution service has begun to investigate the shooting incident at the university, a prosecution service representative told Interfax.
"A prosecutor has gone to the crime scene, and information about the emergency is being clarified," he said.
A criminal case has been opened on counts of murder following an armed attack at the Perm State National Research University, a representative of the Russian Investigative Committee told Interfax.
"The Russian Investigative Committee chairman has tasked the Investigative Committee's Main Investigative Department with investigating the criminal case opened after the shooting incident at Perm University (Part 2 of Article 105 of the Russian Criminal Code)," the committee's press service said in a statement seen by Interfax on Monday.
"There is information that fire was opened by a student in a building of the Perm State National Research University on September 20. Information about casualties is being updated," the committee said.
The suspect has been identified and detained, and reference materials in his regard are being collected, it said.
"Forensic technicians from the Main Forensic Department (Forensic Center) have been deployed to the crime scene to provide practical assistance to the investigators," the committee said.