An 18-year-old gunman killed eight people at a high school in southern Finland on Wednesday, then shot himself but survived, police said.
They said the high school's principal was among the dead.
Police said the gunman, who used a .22-caliber pistol, was taken to hospital with serious wounds and the situation was "under control" after officers surrounded Jokela High School in Tuusula, some 30 miles north of the capital, Helsinki.
It was the first known school shooting in Finland, where gun ownership is fairly common by European standards, but shootings are rare.
Medical response leader Eero Hirvensalo told The Associated Press that one person had been "severely injured" while 10 people had minor injuries.
Finnish media reports said the shooter had revealed his plans on the video Web site YouTube.
A posting titled "Jokela High School Massacre" showed a picture of a building by a lake that appears to be the school, along with two photos of a young man holding a handgun. The person who posted the video was identified in the user profile as an 18-year-old man from Finland. The posting was later removed.
The profile contained a text calling for a "revolution against the system."
Police could not immediately be reached to comment on the video.
Kim Kiuru, a teacher at the school, said the principal had announced over the public address system just before noon that all students should remain in their classrooms.
"I stayed in the corridor to listen to more instructions, having locked my classroom door," Kiuru told the YLE radio station. "After that I saw the gunman running with what appeared to be a small-caliber handgun in his hand through the doors toward me, after which I escaped to the corridor downstairs and ran in the opposite direction."
Kiuru said he saw a woman's body as he fled the building.
"Then my pupils shouted at me out of the windows to ask what they should do and I told them to jump out of the windows ... and all my pupils were saved," Kiuru said.
More than 400 students, from 12 to 18, were enrolled at Jokela, a local official said.
Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen described the situation as "extremely tragic" and said the government would hold an emergency meeting.
By Sami Torma
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At least seven people died when a gunman opened fire at a school in southern Finland on Wednesday, hours after a video was posted on YouTube predicting a school massacre.
A teacher at Jokela High School told Reuters the gunman was one of its pupils.
"At this moment its seven (deaths) or more, higher," Dr Eero Hirvensalo, the head of the medical response team, told Reuters.
The YouTube video, set to hard-driving music, shows a still photo of a school that appears to be Jokela High School. The photo then fragments to reveal a red-tinted picture of a man pointing a gun at the camera.
Three people were wounded in the shooting, according to early reports. One of those shot was the school principal, said Tuula Panula, spokeswoman for the Tuusula municipality, some 60 km (40 miles) from the Finnish capital Helsinki.
"He (the gunman) was moving systematically through the school hallways, knocking on the doors and shooting through the doors," Kim Kiuru, a teacher at the school, said at the scene.
"It felt unreal, a pupil I have taught myself was running towards me, screaming, a pistol in his hand."
The YouTube video is entitled "Jokela High School Massacre - 11/7/2007" and was posted by a user called Sturmgeist89. "Sturmgeist" means storm spirit in German.
Police surrounded the school and a city official announced shortly before 9:00 a.m. EST that the siege was over.
Junior Constable Olli Laine said earlier police had evacuated students from the building, which houses both a middle and a high school.
Kiuru, who was teaching a grade 8 class when the shooting started, said he helped his pupils escape the building through the classroom windows.
Despite having the third-largest per capita ratio of handgun ownership in the world, violent incidents are rare at Finnish schools.
According to Finnish media, there have been four stabbings at schools since 1999. None of these caused fatalities.
The last major attack in the country came in 2002 when a young man killed including himself and six others in a bomb blast at a shopping mall in Helsinki.
(Additional reporting by Sakari Suoninen and Terhi Kinnunen; Editing by Robert Woodward)
I am asked many times if killing sprees like this could be the beginning of the BLACK AWAKENING.
The answer is yes and no. This slaughter is riddled with nazi/luciferian indoctrination which means dark spirits are involved. These killings are horrific and terrible
These killings are senseless
These killings are evil
These killings are types of the coming BA
When the BLACK AWAKENING occurs this type of killing spree will be happening in every city.............at the same time, along with many other things like:
CRIPPLE THE WATER SUPPLY
CRIPPLE THE ELECTRIC GRID
SABOTAGE POLICE RESPONSE
AND MUCH MORE
As bad as these types of slaughters are they are only sparks before the fire!
Question is weather we are ready. What can we do to weaken the Black Awakening. Who will protect us?
The Black Awakening is a busting of the dam but its not water that will gush out, its the millions of dark spirits who are massed at the border of the veil that's between us and them. The BA is like a satanic ritual, and those open doors to the dark spirits.
The Black Awakening will have such a presence and manifestation of the demonic that it will be like a soot you can feel but not see.
Being ready for eternity is the most vital question and need. We will all die..........some way and we need to be ready to meet God. There is no second chance....
Christians must be ready, filled with the power of God and out doing His mission. The Mission of God is the SAFEST PLACE because as witnessed in the book of Acts--the supernatural works divine protection are seen. Evangelism is the place of the mightiest signs, wonders, miracles and works of God. Evangelism is the arena of demonstrations of the Presence of Jesus and revelation of the heart and passion of God.
If only someone would have reached these kids .....................someone did but it was the wrong side.
I wonder what real chosen ones/luciferians think about firstname.lastname@example.org
DECEPTION ALWAYS LEADS TO DESTRUCTION
...................this will be the epitaph on the grave stone of the black awakening......I wonder if this will also be on the sign at the gates of the lake of fire?
In case you have not seen it yet...YOUTUBE keeps pulling the copies: A friend sent this in
aka NaturalSelector89 (3/15/2007 - 10/19/2007).
YouTube suspended my previous account but I am back now :) My new account name is German and means "Stormspirit" in English.
Name: Pekka-Eric Auvinen
Male from Finland.
I am a cynical existentialist, antihuman humanist, antisocial socialdarwinist, realistic idealist and godlike atheist.
I am prepared to fight and die for my cause. I, as a natural selector, will eliminate all who I see unfit, disgraces of human race and failures of natural selection.
You might ask yourselves, why did I do this and what do I want. Well, most of you are too arrogant and closed-minded to understand... You will proprably say me that I am"insane", "crazy", "psychopath", "criminal" or crap like that. No, the truth is that I am just an animl, a human, an individual, a dissident.
I have had enough. I don't want to be part of this fucked up society. Like some other wise people have said in the past, human race is not worth fighting for or saving... only worth killing. But... When my enemies will run and hide in fear when mentioning my name... When the gangsters of the corrupted governments have been shot in the streets... When the rule of idioracy and the democratic system has been replaced with justice... When intelligent people are finally free and rule the society instead of the idiocratic rule of majority... In that great day of deliverance, you will know what I want.
Long live the revolution... revolution against the system, which enslaves not only the majority of weak-minded masses but also the small minority of strong-minded and intelligent individuals! If we want to live in a different world, we must act. We must rise against the enslaving, corrupted and totalitarian regimes and overthrow the tyrants, gangsters and the rule of idiocracy. I can't alone change much but hopefully my actions will inspire all the intelligent people of the world and start some sort of revolution against the current systems. The system discriminating naturality and justice, is my enemy. The people living in the world of delusion and supporting this system are my enemies.
I am ready to die for a cause I know is right, just and true... even if I would lose or the battle would be only remembered as evil... I will rather fight and die than live a long and unhappy life.
And remember that this is my war, my ideas and my plans. Don't blame anyone else for my actions than myself. Don't blame my parents or my friends. I told nobody about my plans and I always kept them inside my mind only. Don't blame the movies I see, the music I hear, the games I play or the books I read. No, they had nothing to do with this. This is my war: one man war against humanity, governments and weak-minded masses of the world! No mercy for the scum of the earth! HUMANITY IS OVERRATED! It's time to put NATURAL SELECTION & SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST back on tracks!
Justice renders to everyone his due.
Comment............This boy had knowledge. Its sad to see him so angry. It sad to see him filled with so much 'luciferian' teaching. Self is god is the core of luciferian teaching. May God raise up many there in Finland to reach youth for Christ.
It seems that a insider loyal to the luciferian agenda has barked again
''The boy from Finland, a toy soldier and like a toy soldier he fell. Just a preview Dizdar, just a preview.
You are correct, the fire storms will extend to other public areas.
For your information...it was fun watching that ^*#&^% gasp for breath Dizdar. He could not see the Powers but he felt it. He was interested in more than the Chosen One's thoughts. Besides, he said he was a god, he was fair game. It was open season and I was bored. The fool, he wanted some of that power for himself. ''
The black awakening
(the great revolt 1Thess. 2)
can only occur with many who will act like 'the boy from Finland' did. But they will make him look like a boy playing with his cap gun.
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