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Business News/ News / World/  Finland school shooting: One killed, two other children injured as 12-year-old opens fire
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Finland school shooting: One killed, two other children injured as 12-year-old opens fire

Three children were injured in a shooting at Viertola primary school in Finland. The school had around 800 students. The victims have been taken to the hospital.

Candles and flowers placed on a square in front of the Viertola School to pay tribute to victims are pictured in Vantaa, Finland, on April 2, 2024, after a 12-year-old opened fire on Tuesday at the school north of the Finnish capital Helsinki, killing a classmate and seriously injuring two other children. Police say they were still investigating the motive and lead-up to the incident. The Viertola school in Vantaa, Finland's fourth-largest city, has around 90 staff and 800 pupils in grades one to nine, or aged seven to 15. (Photo by Roni Rekomaa / Lehtikuva / AFP) / Finland OUT (AFP)Premium
Candles and flowers placed on a square in front of the Viertola School to pay tribute to victims are pictured in Vantaa, Finland, on April 2, 2024, after a 12-year-old opened fire on Tuesday at the school north of the Finnish capital Helsinki, killing a classmate and seriously injuring two other children. Police say they were still investigating the motive and lead-up to the incident. The Viertola school in Vantaa, Finland's fourth-largest city, has around 90 staff and 800 pupils in grades one to nine, or aged seven to 15. (Photo by Roni Rekomaa / Lehtikuva / AFP) / Finland OUT (AFP)

One child was killed and two others injured on Tuesday after a classmate opened fire at a primary school in Finland. The incident took place at Viertola primary school in the city of Vantaa — some 18 kilometers north of Helsinki. Finnish public broadcaster YLE indicated that the school had about 800 students between 1st and 9th grade. A police spokesperson told Reuters that the victims have since been taken to the hospital.

The incident took place around 9:00 am as the Viertola comprehensive school began its day. The 12-year-old suspect fled the school with a gun soon after the attack. The child was eventually arrested in a "calm manner" around 10 am and admitted being the shooter during a preliminary interrogation. Police said that the weapon had belonged to a relative of the suspect.

“Today, after 9:00 am, a shooting incident took place at a school... in which a sixth grader, a student of the school, died. Two others were seriously injured," said Eastern Uusimaa police chief Ilkka Koskimaki.

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Concerned parents waited for hours in near freezing temperature as teachers shut classroom doors to protect the pupils. The school was cordoned off until 12:15 local time when police deemed it safe to let the children exit. More than 100 parents were waiting as the children — some of them crying from relief — emerged without their outdoor jackets and clothes which they had to leave behind.

A technical investigation of the crime scene remains underway begun at the school. Parents of the students told journalists the shooting took place in a classroom, but police did not specify any details about the shootings during a press conference.

(With inputs from agencies)

 

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Published: 02 Apr 2024, 02:59 PM IST
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