Deaths feared in Finland school shooting

Other News Materials 23 September 2008 14:45 (UTC +04:00)

Several people are feared dead after a shooting at a college in southern Finland, state media reported Tuesday, reported CNN.

The shots were reported at a college for home- and institutional-economics in the municipality of Kauhajoki, according to YLE, a Finnish national broadcaster.

Police said the shooter was still inside the building, but did not release additional information.

Jukka Forsberg, a maintenance worker at the school, told YLE that several people have suffered injuries. The worker said a man with a ski mask went into the building with a large bag. Soon after, the worker heard shots fired.

Kauhajoki, with a population of about 15,000, is about 180 miles (290km) from the capital, Helsinki.

The incident comes almost a year after another school shooting left nine people, including the gunman, dead in the Finnish town of Tuusala.

Before that shooting, the gunman, 18-year-old student Pekka-Eric Auvinen, posted a video on Web site YouTube titled "Jokela High School Massacre 11/7/2007" -- identifying the date and location of the attack.

Finland enjoys a strong tradition of hunting and has a high proportion of gun ownership, with 2 million firearms owned in a nation of 5 million people.