Muslim Immigrant Opens Fire – Kills 5 in Finnish Mall
- 2009/12/31 22:34:19
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Thursday, December 31, 2009, 8:55 AM
A Muslim immigrant opened fire and killed five people in Finland today before turning the gun on himself.
A gunman opened fire inside a busy shopping center near the Finnish capital of Helsinki Thursday, leaving five people dead, police said.
Four of the victims — three men and one woman — were killed at the Sello shopping center in Espoo, just west of Helsinki, police said. Some were employees of a grocery store at the mall, police said.
A fifth victim, also an employee of the grocery store, was found later at an apartment in Espoo, police said, without offering details. CNN affiliate MTV3 said the victim was a woman.
Police told a news conference hours after the shootings that they found a sixth victim, who they believed to be the shooter. Police had previously identified the suspect as 43-year-old Ibrahim Shkupolli.
MTV3 reporter Pauli Poutanen said he learned from police that the sixth body was found near the crime scene.
Shkupolli had lived in Finland “for some time,” police said, but they don’t know his nationality.
Ibrahim killed his ex-wife and three men and a woman who worked with her.
Ibrahim Shkupolli, 43, opened fire in the suburban Helsinki mall where his ex-partner reportedly worked, shooting dead three men and a woman before fleeing, Finnish detectives told a press conference on Thursday (local time).
The body of his former partner, whom he had been barred by a court from approaching, was discovered later in a house on the outskirts of the capital.
Police said they believed the incident, the latest in a series of shooting sprees which have sent shockwaves through the Nordic country, was triggered by a domestic dispute.
Barcepundit has more on the mall massacre.
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