Deadly rampage at Finland school

Student kills pupils and schoolhead after posting a warning on the internet.

    Witnesses described panic as Auvinen shot his headmistress and students as they tried to flee [AFP]
    Witnesses described chaos and panic as Auvinen shot dead his headmistress, five boys, two girls, and wounded a dozen others as they tried to flee the carnage.
     
    Internet warning
     
    Miro Lukinmaa, a student, told the Iltalehti newspaper: "Suddenly people began running and shots were heard and began raining down.
     

    Auvinen had signalled his intentions in
    a video posted on the internet [AFP]

    "I saw injured people lying in the corridor. We started to run and followed [the crowd] in panic. Everyone was trying to squeeze through a narrow door."
     
    The shooting came after a video entitled "Jokela High School Massacre - 11/7/2007" was posted on the video-sharing website YouTube.
     
    The video shows a still photo of a low building that appears to be the Jokela High School.
     
    The photo then breaks apart to reveal a red-tinted picture of a man pointing a handgun at the camera.
     
    "He [Auvinen] was moving systematically through the school hallways, knocking on the doors and shooting through the doors," said Kim Kiuru, who was teaching a grade 8 class when the shooting began.
     
    "It felt unreal, a pupil I have taught myself was running towards me, screaming, a pistol in his hand."
     
    Hannu Joensivusaid, the mayor of Tuusula, said: "This is a peaceful place, nothing like this has happened and nothing like this is to be expected either."
     
    Despite having the world's third-largest per capita handgun ownership, violent incidents are rare at Finnish schools.
     
    Tuusula is a town of 35,000, around 60km from the capital, Helsinki.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    Daughters of al-Shabab

    What draws Kenyan women to join al-Shabab and what challenges are they facing when they return to their communities?