Russia shooting leaves 3 dead as desperate students jump out windows to escape

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A gunmen opened fire at a university in Russia, killing at least three people according to reports.

Terrified students hid in auditoriums and terrifying video shows several people jumping from windows in order to escape the attack at Perm State University, in the city of Perm.

Other footage appeared to show the gunman prowling the grounds of the university. Images appear to show a figure holding a weapon outside the university, while people in the auditorium have been told to stay put and "shield".

The fatalities reported by the Interfax news agency have not been confirmed by the authorities but the shooter has been "neutralised", the agency reports.

A source at Russia's interior ministry told RBC that three people were killed, while a university spokesperson told Reuters that four were injured.

Another source told the Tass news agency: "On Monday, an unidentified person entered the university building and opened fire.

"Some students locked themselves in universities auditoriums to hide from the attacker. Some students jumped out of the windows.

"Law enforcement agents are heading to this site."

Perm University is known for its medical excellence and is one of the oldest universities in Russia.

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