At least eight persons killed in a tragic shooting at a school in Jokela in the municipality of Tuusula north of Helsinki according to Finnish news sources. The YouTube video, entitled "Jokela High School Massacre - 11/7/2007", was posted by a user called Sturmgeist89.
Tragic Shooting in Finnish School
At least seven persons killed in a tragic shooting at a school in Jokela in the municipality of Tuusula north of Helsinki according to Finnish news sources. The YouTube video, entitled "Jokela High School Massacre - 11/7/2007", was posted by a user called Sturmgeist89.
“Tuusula, Finland (Reuters) - At least seven people were killed when a teenaged gunman opened fire at a school in southern Finland on Wednesday, hours after a video was posted on YouTube predicting a massacre there.”
The police will give an official statement about the massacre at 6 pm Finnish time today.
The suspected gunman has delivered information about his intentions over YouTube and other Internet channels. He 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.
According to sources in the school, the shooter had been acting strange in recent days. The suspected gunman had shooting as a hobby. "I am prepared to fight and die for my cause," read an Internet posting by a user of the same name.
The shooter at the Jokela School Centre is probably a pupil at the school who had just turned 18. He shot with a .22 calibre Sig Sauer Mosquito handgun.
"I, as a natural selector, will eliminate all who I see unfit, disgraces of human race and failures of natural selection." "Sturmgeist" means storm spirit in German. The shooter was said to have Nazi sympathies.
Pupils and teachers were evacuated to a nearby School and Jokela Church where a crisis centre was set up to relay news to parents and parents for more information.
The Jokela School Centre has an upper-level comprehensive school and an upper level secondary school. Last year the two schools had a combined 480 pupils. About 50 teachers worked at the school.