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Finland shooting: 12-year-old student opens fire at primary school, 1 killed and 3 injured

The shooting took place at Viertola school in the city of Vantaa, outside the capital. No other details were immediately available.

Edited By: Ajeet Kumar @Ajeet1994 Helsinki (Finland) Updated on: April 02, 2024 16:48 IST
Finland Police at the crime spot
Image Source : AP Finland Police at the crime spot

Helsinki: A 12-year-old student opened fire at a secondary school in southern Finland, killing one and seriously wounding two other students, police said. The suspect was later arrested, police said.

Heavily armed police cordoned off the lower secondary school, with some 800 students, in the city of Vantaa, just outside the capital, Helsinki, after receiving a call about a shooting incident at 09:08 a.m.

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Image Source : APFinland Police at the crime spot

Police said both the suspect and the wounded were 12 years old. The suspect was arrested in the Helsinki area later Tuesday. Police later told a news conference that one of the wounded students had died. The other two were seriously wounded, said Chief of Police Ilka Koskimaki from the Eastern Uusima Police Department.

The suspect, who had not had the chance to make a plea, had admitted the attack in a preliminary interview, police said. The suspect will be put in the care of social services, and is too young to be remanded into custody. Police said the motive was not clear. The permit of the handgun belonged to a relative of the suspect, they said.

Finnish Prime Minister Petteri Orpo posted on X that he was “deeply shocked” over the shooting. In the past decades, Finland has witnessed two major deadly school shootings.



In November 2007, an 18-year-old student armed with a semi-automatic pistol opened fire at the premises of the Jokela high school in Tuusula, southern Finland, killing nine people. He was found dead with self-inflicted wounds. Less than a year later, in September 2008, a 22-year-old student shot and killed 10 people with a semi-automatic pistol at a vocational college in Kauhajoki, southwestern Finland, before fatally shooting himself.

Following the school shootings in 2007 and 2008, Finland tightened its gun laws by raising the minimum age for firearms ownership and giving police greater powers to make background checks on individuals applying for a gun license. Responsibility for granting permits for ordinary firearms rests with local police departments.

In the Nordic nation of 5.6 million, there are more than 1.5 million licensed firearms and about 430,000 license holders, according to the Finnish Interior Ministry. Hunting and gun-ownership have long traditions in the sparsely-populated northern European country.

(with inputs from agencies)

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