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Shooting at a Russian University kills 6: What you need to know

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Six people died on Monday, as a gunman opened fire at a university in the Russian city of Perm. The Perm State University is situated 800 miles east of Moscow. Students and teachers locked themselves in the rooms as the suspect opened fire on the campus.

There was footage where it was seen that some students were throwing their belongings out of first-floor windows before jumping down and running to safety.

The suspect was arrested by the police. He has been identified as a male student, though it was not immediately clear whether he was a student at Perm State University. Around 28 people were given medical assistance after the situation came under control.

Valery Gribakin, the spokesman for the Russian national guard, told the state news agency, "The citizen who started the shooting in Perm had a shotgun legally,”

This is the second shooting incident in Russia this year. Earlier in May, 7 children were killed when a gunman opened fire in a school in the city of Kazan.

President Vladimir Putin called on civilian gun ownership regulations to be toughened up. He said at that time, "I believe that in order to prevent such crimes, there is a need to significantly tighten requirements for civilian gun ownership and strengthen control over civilian-owned firearms. Decisions on the matter should be justifiable and, of course, tough.”

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