Police secure the scene of a school shooting in Vantaa, Finland, on Tuesday in which a sixth grader was killed and two classmates were injured after another 12-year-old opened fire with a handgun. Photo by Kimmo Brandt/EPA-EFE

12-year-old student killed, two injured in Finland school shooting

By Paul Godfrey |

April 2 (UPI) — A student was killed and two others were injured Tuesday in a primary school shooting in Finland.

The three students, all aged 12, were shot when one of their classmates opened fire with a handgun just after the start of class at the Viertola School in Vantaa, about 11 miles northeast of downtown Helsinki, Finland Police said in a news bulletin.

“One shooting victim died at the scene. Two people were seriously injured in the shooting and are in the hospital. The victims are 12-year-old school students,” police said.

The suspect had fled when police arrived at the Jokiranta campus just after 9 a.m. local time and locked down the school but was arrested without a struggle an hour later in a nearby suburb.

Police said the suspect, another 12-year-old student at the school, was in possession of a firearm when he was detained.

“The boy admitted the act in the preliminary police interview,” said police.

Prime Minister Peterri Orpo expressed “deep shock” at the shooting.

“My thoughts are with the victims, their loved ones and the other students and staff of Viertola school,” he wrote in a post on X.

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