Tuesday, September 23, 2008

"This is war" gunman warned on YouTube

Matti Juhani Saari, 22, the gunman responsible for the shooting at a Finnish college has died from self inflicted wounds to the head. Reports vary with some saying he killed 10 fellow pupils at the Palvelualojen Oppilaitos vocational college in Kauhajoki. Police in the town interviewed Saari on Monday after he had posted several videos of the internet in which he is seen firing a gun. However despite a number of ranting posts it was decided there was not enough evidence to charge him nor to revoke his gun licence.
In part of a rambling post he wrote “For revenge and reprisals for another war, and suddenly, there was war with spoiling and death. And you fight alone if there’s another war. Whole life is war and whole life is pain. And you will fight alone in your personal war. War, this is War”. In one of his videos he is seen firing a pistol directly at the camera after exclaiming “you will die next”. Finland’s interior minister Anne Holmlund has said an investigation would look into whether mistakes had been made. Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen said it was a "tragic day" for Finland [BBC / CNN / Sky News]

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