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One dead, two injured after rare school shooting in Finland

Police officers outside the Viertola school Lehtikuva via AP/Photo by Markku Ulander

One dead, two injured after rare school shooting in Finland

Police took a 12-year-old boy into custody as a suspect on Tuesday after a shooting at the Viertola school just outside the Finish capital of Helsinki. All three of the victims were also 12 years old, and the two injured were in critical condition, according to a police statement. It’s the country’s first mass shooting in 15 years and the fourth in the country’s history. Police have not identified a motive for the suspect but said the handgun used in the attack was registered to one of his relatives. Lawmakers tightened gun restrictions after the country’s last shooting, requiring an aptitude test for all applying for a gun license, and raised the age limit for gun ownership to 20 years old.

What will happen to the boy? Finnish law bars children under 15 from being held criminally liable for a crime. Police will likely release the suspect to social services rather than keep him in custody after questioning him.

Christina Grube

Christina Grube is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute.

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