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Six dead in Finnish shooting spree

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Six dead in Finnish shooting spree


Finland is in shock after the country’s third shooting rampage in as many years.

A gunman has shot dead his former girlfriend and four people in a shopping centre, before turning the gun on himself. He has been named as a 43-year-old immigrant from Kosovo.

With memories still fresh of two school shooting rampages that left 20 people dead, eyewitnesses have spoken about the panic that broke out among shoppers and workers.

Amid the chaos in the city of Espoo, it was first thought the dead gunman was another victim of the rampage.

Police Chief Seppo Ruotsalainen said: “We received further information concerning the sixth victim and according to the information we have at the moment, it seems that this sixth victim is the suspect of the whole incident.”

Police say the body of the gunman’s ex-girlfriend was later found at her home. It is reported she worked at the shopping centre and a restraining order had been in force against the gunman.

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