MOSCOW — A young man opened fire Thursday in a bustling building in a prestigious university in Azerbaijan, killing 12 people before turning the gun on himself.
The gunman was identified as Farda Gadyrov, a citizen of neighboring Georgia. He entered the building at Azerbaijan State Oil Academy in Baku, the capital, about 9:30 a.m. and began climbing the stairs, shooting indiscriminately as he went, officials said.
More than a dozen people were wounded. The gunman killed himself as police closed in.
"He was just shooting right and left around himself at people fleeing in all directions," said Eskhan Zakhidov, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry. "At that time, the building is usually full of students and professors."
Gadyrov came armed with a Makarov pistol and several fully loaded clips, officials in the oil-rich former Soviet republic said.
"The attacker is a young man, but it's not clear whether he was a student himself," Zakhidov said. "His motives aren't clear, either."