It is now known that ten people died in a school shooting in Finland along with the killer himself. Police say a lone gunman went on the rampage at a technical college in the western town of Kauhajoki.
He is thought to be a 22-year-old student at the college called Matti Juhani Saari. After mowing down his schoolmates, he turned his weapon on himself and later died of his wounds in hospital. Police interviewed a man last night after a gunman posted a video warning on YouTube.
An armed man dressed in black was seen entering the school just before the shooting, as students were sitting exams. Police were reluctant to storm the campus while the gunman was still on the loose.
Kauhajoki is a small town of about 14,000 people. It lies 350 kilometres northwest of Finland’s capital, Helsinki.
Today’s shooting mirrors one last November, when nine people died in another school tragedy. Then, 18-year-old Pekka-Erik Auvenen killed six students, a nurse, the college principal and himself at Jokela High School outside Helsinki.
Finland has the third highest rate of gun ownership in the world, with 32 licensed firearms per 100 people. That means there are more than one and a half million legally-owned weapons in the country but attacks like today’s are extremely rare.