Massacre in Finland Teenager Kills 8 in High School Rampage

A Finnish high school student went on a rampage in his school on Wednesday, killing eight people and seriously wounding himself.

A high school student shot dead seven fellow pupils and a teacher at his school in southern Finland. He then shot himself but has not died and is being treated in hospital.

A police spokesman said eight people were killed -- five male students, two female ones and a woman who may be the headmistress of the Jokela school in the town of Tuusula.

The 18-year-old student walked into his school and opened fire on Wednesday morning. Pupils and teachers jumped out of windows in the ensuing panic.

"He moved through the corridors systematically, knocking on the doors and then shooting," said one teacher. "It seemed totally unreal to me -- a student I had taught came running towards me shouting and with a pistol in his hand."

Fellow pupils said the attacker had indirectly announced the shooting in a video on the Internet portal YouTube under the German pseudonym "Sturmgeist89". The video, published on Tuesday, is entitled "Jokela High School Massacre."

It shows the building, evidently the school, and red-tinted pictures of a young man aiming a gun at the camera. There is a song playing in the background containing the lyrics: "I am your worst enemy. I am your nightmare come true."

Finnish media reported that the shooter was a gun freak who admired the dictators Stalin and Hitler.

It was the first known school shooting in Finland, where gun ownership is fairly common by European standards, but shootings are rare.

Heidi Hagman, assistant to the municipality director in Tuusula, some 30 miles north of the capital Helsinki, said more than 400 students between the ages of 12 and 18 were enrolled at the Jokela high school.



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