Deadly Perm University Attack

Deadly Perm University Attack


Shots rang out on the campus of Perm State National Research University at around 11a.m. local time on 20 September. According to media reports, an 18-year-old young man opened fire on students and teachers on the university campus.

Photos published in the media show that students were jumping out of windows and trying to escape.

The shooting left six people dead and 28 wounded. Two of them have been on life support since the attack.

The attacker was Timur Bekmansurov, an 18-year-old student at this University. He was neutralized and detained by police officers, the Investigative Committee press office said. He offered resistance during the arrest and was wounded. The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation initiated criminal proceedings under Part 2 of Article 105 of the Russian Criminal Code (‘Murder’).

Bekmansurov had prepared his criminal plan in advance, according to the message, published on his VK account just minutes before the tragedy. The young man wrote that he was not a member of any extremist organization and was not religious. In his post, he also indicated that he had carried out all the actions himself and that he had scrutinized the detailed layout of the university premises before the shooting. Bekmansurov wrote that he had been living “a routine life as always.” He also wrote that he had “a strange sense of calmness.” The message ends with, “I hate myself, but I want to hurt everyone who gets in my way.” After the tragedy, Bekmansurov's VK account was blocked.

According to media reports, Perm territory governor Dmitry Makhonin visited the university. He expressed his condolences to the families and friends of the victims. The press service of the regional administration also reported that all necessary assistance would be provided to those injured in the shooting at the university.

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin ordered Minister of Science and Higher Education Valery Falkov, as well as Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko, to go to Perm immediately and deal with the situation on the ground.

A similar tragedy occurred in Kazan's Gymnasium No. 175. on May 11, 2021. Ilnaz Galyaviev opened fire, killing seven students and two female teachers.

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