A gunman has killed six people and injured 28 others at Perm State University in the Russian city of Perm, officials have said. The assailant, a student at the university walked onto the campus on Monday morning and opened fire on innocent unsuspecting students and teachers. Those inside the campus building at the time of the incident built barricades out of chairs to prevent the shooter from entering their classrooms. Others were however seen screaming and jumping down from windows. According to Russia's interior ministry, the attacker was shot during an exchange of gunfire with a police officer Konstanin Kalinin, who was one of the first to arrive at the scene. Mr. Kalinin then disarmed the assailant, who had a gun and a knife, before administering first aid. State media broadcast revealed amateur video footage reportedly taken during the attack showing a man clad in black tactical clothing, including a helmet, carrying a weapon, and walking through the campus. The video from outside the university showed distressed students jumping out of windows, fleeing the campus, and making phone calls to friends and family behind a cordon of police wearing helmets and body armour.
It was later gathered that the gunman reportedly acted alone and said he had no political or religious motives.
The attacker in a post on a social media account attributed to him that was later taken down, revealed how he was consumed by hatred and intended to do harm to others, Reuters news agency reports.
"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,"
"The president expresses sincere condolences to those who have lost family and loved ones as a result of this incident," Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
Regional authorities said that classes at local schools, colleges, and universities were cancelled following the attack on Monday.
This is the second mass shooting this year in a country where such incidents are usually uncommon.