For the second time in a year, there has been a major school shooting in Finland. Nine students were killed and two wounded during the rampage.
Matti Saari, age 22, walked into the School of Hospitality in the city of Kaujahoki around 0800 GMT — 11 in the morning local time — wearing black and carrying a duffel bag. He may have been carrying explosives as well.
Saari was wearing a ski mask by the time he opened fire on students who were hunkered over a test in one classroom. He then moved around the building, firing at others, including school janior Jukka Forsberg, who told Finnish media that he heard “several dozen rounds of shots,” possibly from an automatic pistol.
Saari was ultimately apprehended, but not before he attempted suicide. He was reportedly being treated at a Kaujahoki medical center.
This school shooter had a playbook to follow. It was written by 18-year-old Pekka-Eric Auvinen, who opened fire earlier this year at a high school in Jokela, a town in southern Finland. Like Auvinen, the Matti Saari may have posted videos about what he was planning on YouTube.
According to Finnish news outlet YLE, a number of videos were found on YouTube showing a young man practicing at a firing range. The young man said he was from Kaujahoki.
YouTube removed the videos, but other sites have attempted to publish them. They are short, and some show only target practice. One, however, shows the Saari standing over the camera with an automatic handgun. In English, he says, “You’re next,” and then fires just below the camera, several shots. The image accompanying this article was taken from that video.
The London Times reported that the YouTube videos were posted by a Mr. Saari, who was 22 and from Kaujahoki. He visited the site one more time an hour before the shootings occurred. He was a fan of the Bavarian electro-industrial DJ Wumpscut and also used the screen name Wumpscut86.
Another YouTuber was quick to grab the videos and has posted them with the parts that violate the site’s Terms of Service blanked out.
Bloomberg.com reported that Finland has the third-highest rate of gun ownership in the world, behind the United States and Yemen. Adults needly only register a weapon with a shooting club.
On his now-deleted YouTube account (Antville.org has a screencap made prior to the account going poof), Saari posted song lyrics. The last lines read:
Whole life is war and whole life is pain
And you will fight alone in your personal war
This is war!
Note: TotallyUpYours.com appears to have the videos Saari originally posted on YouTube, but be warned: this site’s ads are not safe for work.
[TimesOnline.co.uk, YLE.fi and Bloomberg.com. Also: a nod to some intrepid poster at Drew Curtis’s TotalFark.com for putting up the link to the copied videos.]