MOSCOW, September 20. /TASS/. The Perm University shooting is a huge tragedy for the entire country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday, offering solace to those closet to the victims.
"I would like to begin with words of condolences in regards to the tragedy that happened in Perm today,” Putin said, opening the meeting with Central Electoral Commission head Ella Pamfilova. "I am well aware that no words can drown out the grief of loss, the pain of this loss, especially when we are talking about young people who only began their life. This is a huge tragedy not only for the families who lost their children, but for the entire country."
Putin vowed that the authorities would exert maximum effort to investigate the cause of the shooting tragedy.
"Law enforcement will do everything it takes to investigate this horrible crime and determine its cause. Regional and federal authorities will take all necessary action to support the victims and the families of the murdered kids," the head of state underscored.
According to the Russian Investigative Committee, on September 20, an 18-year-old who was in legal possession of a hunting rifle obtained in May, went on a shooting spree in one of Perm State University’s buildings. The attacker, whose identity has been established, turned out to be a freshman student at the university. He was taken into custody following a gun battle with police. The Investigative Committee is pursuing a multiple homicide charge against the perpetrator, and they will carry out a further investigation. According to the latest official data, six people were killed. The Investigative Committee said 28 people had been injured.