TUUSULA, Finland - An 18-year-old gunman opened fire at his high school in this placid town in southern Finland on Wednesday, killing seven other students and the principal before mortally wounding himself in a rampage that stunned a nation where gun crime is rare.
Police were analyzing YouTube postings that appeared to anticipate the massacre, including clips in which a young man calls for revolution and apparently prepares for the attack by test firing a semiautomatic handgun.
Investigators said the gunman, who was not identified, shot himself in the head after the shooting spree at Jokela High School in Tuusula, some 30 miles north of the capital, Helsinki. He died later at Toolo Hospital in Helsinki.
These are the stories that we read about almost on a daily basis that do not need to be happening. Most of the people who commit these disasterous acts are good citizens, they are just mentally ill in some form or another. This makes me really sad to continue to read about people who are obviously delusional, who are imagining they are God or God has given them a message. Most mentally ill and delusional people have the same stories. My opinion is that the laws in England are the best. They state that if you have been diagnosed by a trained expert, and have been prescribed medications, that you can be monitored. If you do not take your medicine, they can have you detained by the police until you co-operate by being in compliance with the medical staff. This does not infringe upon their civil liberities. This keeps innocent bystanders from becoming victims of a very sick mind.