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'YouTube' gunman kills nine in shooting spree at Finnish vocational college
The 22-year-old man, identified locally as Matti Saari, walked into the catering and tourism college in the remote western town of Kauhajoki at about 11am (0800GMT) and started firing at both fellow students and staff.
Some 90 minutes later he turned the gun on himself, but survived and was rushed to hospital with a severe head wound.
It was Finland's second school killing massacre in under a year and left the country in a state of shock. The YouTube connection – the suspect 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 revelation that the killer was questioned by police yesterday is likely to prove especially painful.
Anne Holmlund, the Finnish Interior Minister, told reporters that police had questioned the man after being tipped off by the public about his YouTube videos but had no legal reason to detain him and decided not to withdraw his gun permit.
"The gunman had a temporary permit for a .22 calibre pistol, and he had received it in August 2008. It was his first gun," she said. "Police action will be examined in more detail later."
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