12-year-old student opens fire at Finnish school, injuring three fellow students

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2nd April 2024 – (Helsinki) At a lower secondary school in southern Finland, a 12-year-old student reportedly opened fire, causing injuries to three other 12-year-old students. The local police promptly arrested the suspect in connection with the incident.

Following a distressing call reporting a shooting at 9.08am, heavily armed police swiftly surrounded the school, situated in Vantaa, a city just outside the capital, Helsinki. The school, accommodating around 800 students, was cordoned off as authorities commenced their investigation.

Later on Tuesday, Finnish police confirmed the arrest of the suspect in the Helsinki area, reassuring the public that the immediate threat had been eliminated. Sari Laasila, the principal of Viertola school, expressed her relief, stating, “The day started in a horrifying way. There has been a shooting incident at the Viertola school in Vantaa. I can only imagine the pain and worry that many families are experiencing at the moment. The suspected perpetrator has been caught.”

Interior Minister Mari Rantanen also commented on the situation, acknowledging the distress caused to families and assuring them that the suspect was in custody. Prime Minister Petteri Orpo echoed the sentiment, describing the incident as “deeply shocking.”