12-year-old shooter in Finland kills 1 injures 2 other in school


Police officers and police vehicles operate at the Viertola Comprehensive School in Vantaa, Finland on April 2, 2024. Shooting in Finland school kills 12-year-old child, injures two others. — Reuters

Authorities in Finland said Tuesday that a 12-year-old shooter opened fire in a classroom at Viertola school in Vantaa — north of Helsinki — killing at least one minor and critically injuring two others.

Police said that they detained the minor in the northern Siltamaki district of Helsinki at 09:58 who had fled the scene earlier after the shooting. 

Parents were quoted in the Finnish media as saying that they rushed to the scene within nine minutes and saw three victims.

Local police chief Tomi Salosyrja said that one of the victims immediately succumbed to the injuries in the school whereas two other victims were transported to a hospital in the capital.

Schools were reopened after the Easter holidays in Finland.

The suspect admitted to the shooting in school according to the police and recovered the firearm.

The age of the deceased victim was also 12 years. 

Officials have also commenced an investigation into the deadly shooting in a Finland school. 

As per the laws of the country, those under 15 are not criminally liable and will be handed to social services after the interrogation.

Prime Minister Petteri Orpo termed the shooting “deeply upsetting” and said it was evident that too many young people struggled with their mental health: “We have to be able to tackle these issues sooner.”

President Alexander Stubb also expressed his shock amid the shooting and announced a day of mourning in Finland Wednesday.

Education Minister Anna-Maja Henriksson told journalists that what had happened was a great tragedy. She was on the verge of crying while describing the situation.  

“One 12-year-old child will never again return home from school,” she said.

Police said the motive remains unclear. The handgun’s permit belonged to a relative of the suspect, they said.

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