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Another School Shooting in Finland

John on September 23, 2008 at 10:00 am

The killer’s name was Matti Saari, he was 22 years old:

A Finnish student who killed ten people in a college massacre today had been questioned by police only yesterday about a YouTube video showing him firing a pistol on a shooting range.


It was Finland’s second school massacre in under a year and left the country in a state of shock. The YouTube connection – Saari posted a number of handgun videos on the site – bore disturbing echoes of the tragedy last November when an 18-year-old high school student killed eight people after posting a “massacre manifesto” on the video-sharing site.

The shooter’s You Tube postings have already been pulled. Someone has assembled the killer’s threatening postings into a tribute video of sorts. Those so inclined can view it here. Content warning as some of it is disturbing.

Similarities to last year’s school shooting by Pekka-Eric Auvinen are obvious. Note the comparison image showing the two shooters in the same pose. So far there is nothing substantial about the shooter’s motives. I’ll update as more information becomes available.

According to the Independent, he was a fan of the Columbine killers:

[His video] included a message saying: “Whole life is war and whole life is pain. And you will fight alone in your personal war.”

The person who posted the clip identified himself as a 22-year-old with the name “Mr Saari.” He also posted three other clips of himself firing a handgun in the past three weeks.

Clips from the 1999 Columbine school shootings in Colorado where two youths killed 13 people then themselves were listed among his favourite videos.

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