(Information based on Finnish media reports – see sources below)
Six people lost their lives today in a shooting spree in the Finnish city of Espoo, near the capital Helsinki.
Three men and a woman were shot dead in the Prisma super market store at the Sello shopping center, around 10 am Finnish time (= 8 am UTC). All four were employees at the store.
A fifth victim, the ex-spouse of the killer, was found dead in her home in Espoo. She was an employee of the Prisma store, too.
In a live broadcast press conference which started at 14:30 Finnish time (12:30 UTC), police revealed that the shooter, Ibrahim Shkupolli, born in 1966, had killed himself in his own home in Espoo. Shkupolli is a native Kosovo Albanian.
The shooter assassinated his victims with a 9 mm hand gun. A restraining order was in force against Shkupolli, to prevent him from approaching the Prisma store as well as the home of his ex-spouse.
He also had previous convictions, in 2003 and 2007, for illegal possession of fire arms and ammunition.
The exact motive of the killings is still under investigation.
Finland has a history of public massacres in recent years. Eleven people, including the shooter Matti Juhani Saari, died in a massacre at a vocational school in Kauhajoki, September 2008. Nine people, including the shooter Pekka-Erik Auvinen, died in a shooting incident on Wednesday at Jokela High School, in Tuusula, November 2007.
The following are my tweets, based on Finnish media reports. I'll copy-paste them here in chronological order:
Neljä kuoli ammuskelussa Espoon Sellossa – tekijä on edelleen kateissa | YLE (national public broadcaster)
Tässä on poliisin etsimä ampuja | MTV3.fi (national commercial TV channel)