Report By: Nina Rai
26 May, 2012
In a scene reminiscent of the chilling 2011 Norway killings, a shooting took place early Saturday in a town north of Finland's capital Helsinki, which left two dead and seven wounded; two of them seriously, carried out by a lone gunman, inform the police.
A teen gunman in camouflage fatigues fired around 20 shots wildly from a low rooftop of hotel Zoom, at people who had collected outside another hotel, Amarillo just before 2 a.m. (2300 GMT Friday, May 25, 2012). The shooting took place near a railway station in Hyvinkää, located 30 miles north of Helsinki.
As a result of this sense-less shooting by the teen gunman, one man and a woman both aged 18 were killed instantly. Seven others were injured and were being treated in hospital. One 23-year-old female police officer, who had arrived at the scene, was critically injured in the shooting.
An eyewitness told Helsingin Sanomat that she first saw a woman bleeding in the face, next she heard screams, as a shot whisked past and hit the woman who sank to the ground. The suspect an 18-years-old resident of Hyvinkaa, is understood to have had two guns.
One gun was a small-bore rifle and the second one a hunting rifle. These were found close-by and were legally registered, informed the police. But, it was unclear as to how the suspect had acquired them. After the shooting, the teen gunman fled from the scene.
The police arrested the alleged culprit outside the town at 7.45 a.m on Saturday, about an hour after they received a tip off from the public about a man moving suspiciously at the Hyvinkaa center.
Later at a press conference Detective Chief Inspector Markku Tuominen informed about the arrest of the teen gunman, some five hours after the shooting. The local guy had no previous criminal history. He surrendered peacefully and even acknowledged the shootings, said the police.
"He has recounted the course of events in some detail, but he has not given any reason for what led to these events," said Mika Ihaksinen from the National Bureau of Investigation. According to Ihaksinen, at the present moment, it looks like the shooting of people was a ‘random’ act.
Though the teen gunman had two weapons, he had used only one, informed police inspector Timo Leppälä. He did not figure in the police's criminal records, but had no license for the gun he fired, which took two lives and wounded several, added Leppala.
Meanwhile, police believe the teen gunman acted alone. While there is no information that offender was known to his victims, yet according to investigators, it is quite possible that he may have come in contact with them before. That is because the town where the crime was committed is a small one, writes Hufvudstadsbladet.
A weapon has been found on the grounds close to the suspect’s house. The van, a Toyota Hi Ace model used by the teen gunman to flee from the scene of the crime has not yet been recovered, said the police. After the shooting episode, several blocks in the central parts of Hyvinkää were sealed off, and a crisis center set-up at the local hospital.
Shootings are not an infrequent occurrence in Finland. There are officially 650,000 recognized gun owners out of a population of 5.4 million people, in a nation known for its hunting traditions.
Source: DN.se/Herald Sun
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